Chilling stories of migrant atrocities surface in Libya

Feb 28, 2017, 6:32 AM EST
(Source: BRQ Network/flickr)
(Source: BRQ Network/flickr)

According to a new report by the United Nations children’s agency, U.N.I.C.E.F., refugee women and children suffer brutal sexual assaults and forced slavery in militia-controlled detention centers in Libya. The damning report described the overcrowded facilities as “living hellholes,” which serve as a hotbed for human trafficking.

The report says that a majority of stories of slavery, violence and sexual abuse go unreported as the victims fear arrest and deportation, writes the BBC. Amid all the attention on the risks involved in the perilous sea journey from Libya to Italy, the atrocities suffered by the migrants on Libyan land remain shrouded.

The report found that women are subjected to systemic sexual abuse multiple times and multiple locations, reports The Guardian. Expressing shock at the horror stories from the camp, the reports urged Libya, the E.U. and the international community to set up safe corridors for keeping the “predators” at bay and preserving the rights of migrants.