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The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? | Ross Kemp | Opinion | The Guardian

21.2.17

The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? | Ross Kemp | Opinion | The Guardian: Come the spring, thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and violence will die in Libya, but I doubt you’ll hear much about it. Compassion fatigue has set in. The numbers have become too big to comprehend. It’s an old story; we feel numbed by the now familiar news images of men huddled together on boats. Maybe it’s because they’re African and have been written off as “undeserving economic migrants”. These are the people some of our political leaders have in mind when they talk of swarms, plagues and marauders. The understandable focus on Syrian refugees has taken the spotlight away from the more dangerous route to Europe through Libya.


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