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Published on December 11th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti


IOM Joins UN SG in Call to End Libya Migrant Slave Trade

IOM, the United Nations Migration agency, welcomes the remarks Monday of UN Secretary General António Guterres concerning recent news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly being sold as slaves. This statement, along with recent engagement by Libyan authorities to tackle criminality and curb the power of the smugglers, encourages IOM that progress will be made, indeed is increasing.

“Secretary General Guterres said he is horrified by these revelations and so am I. So should everyone be,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, who added IOM stands ready to offer the significant help of IOM staff on the ground in Libya and request an immediate return of all international agencies to Libya.

Director General Swing explained that IOM is working with local authorities who wish to disrupt smuggling and providing assistance to victims.

The smugglers’ business model is key: “As with running guns and drugs,” DG Swing said, “it’s all about money.”

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