Slavery has been a part of history in a lot of different places all over the world. At some point in our history, slavery was a legal institution of human chattel enslavement. Chattel slavery, also called traditional slavery, is so named because people are treated as the chattel (personal property) of the owner and are bought and sold as commodities.
In this day and age, with the existence of social media and with every person being a lot stronger and self aware of themselves, it is surprising to know that slavery could still exist.
The world has been terribly shocked by the release of a CNN investigative videos on the slave trade in post-Gaddafi Libya. Needless to say, the videos became viral in no time. The footage released showed an auctioneer standing in front of boys while asking the audience for a bid. Farm workers are sold as at 400, 700 or 800. It is sad to know that a human life could only cost this much in Libya. In a statement, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently recounted the story of an unnamed Senegalese migrant sold into slavery.“He described dreadful sanitary conditions, and food offered only once per day. Some migrants who couldn’t pay were reportedly killed, or left to starve to death.”
This issue has gained international attention especially after the gesture done by star football player Paul Pogba. He celebrated a goal in his comeback match against Newcastle by crossing his hands like being clutched in chains, then held them high for everyone to see. It was then followed by an instagram post saying "While very happy to be back, my prayers go to those suffering slavery in Libya. May Allah be by your side and may this cruelty come to an end!"
For more details on this developing story, read here.