UN considers sanctions to fight Libya slave trade

| Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 10:22am



French Ambassador to the UN has urged the Security Council to impose sanctions on perpetrators of the Libyan slave trade of African refugees and migrants.

Francois Delattre's comments come as human trafficking in Libya has become a burning topic since a CNN investigation produced footage of West Africans being sold at slave markets.

A programme set up in 2011, the year of the US-supported invasion of Libya which saw the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, allows the Security Council to place sanctions on "individuals and entities involved in or complicit in ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Libya".