Go to Libya to ascertain fact on alleged slave trade - Nsawam Adoagyiri MP to Foreign Minister
| Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 4:47am
Frank Annoh Dompreh, Nsawam Adoagyiri MP.
The Member of Parliament for Nsawam Adoagyiri and Chairman of The Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Frank Annoh Dompreh, has called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway to travel to Libya to ascertain the true state of affairs in relation to modern day slavery involving some African Migrants.
In a statement on the Floor of Parliament, titled: ‘The fate of Africans in Libya; A case for an investigation into an alleged trade of Africa migrants’, the MP, called on the Sector Minister to act now, by visiting Libya as soon as possible, “as a matter of fact, an immediate trip by the Minister of foreign Affairs and other stakeholders to the detention centres in Libya where most of our own Ghanaian people are captured will not be out of place.
This will afford them the opportunity to better appreciate the situation and initiate appropriate intervention measures as soon as practicable.”
According to him, latest developments indicated that migrants and refugees living in Libya or passing through are being bought and sold in modern day slave markets before being held for ransom or used as forced labour or for sexual exploitation.
He said, they are actually subjected to a range of abuses, “Switzerland based International organization for Migration (IOM), says it has interviewed West African Migrants who recounted being traded in garages and cars parks in southern city of Sabha, one of Libya’s main people smuggling centres.
People are been bought for between US200 Dollars and US500 Dollars and are held on average for two to three months.”
“The refugees and migrants, some from Nigeria, Senegal and the Gambia are captured as they head north towards Libya’s Mediterranean coast where some try to catch boats for Itely.”
A situation the vociferous MP described as alarming, emphasizing the point that, “I wish to use this opportunity to call on players that matters in this enterprise, thus the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the United Nations, The Libyan Government to conduct a conclusive investigation into the matter because the alleged slave auctions in that Country has really sparked an outrage around the world.”
Illegal migration since time immemorial has been a usual phenomenon within which a lot of our able bodies, young men and women are actively involved, Frank Annoh Dompreh admitted.
Story by Francis Edzorna Mensah