Ghana’s Parliament orders immediate probe into alleged slave trade in Libya

| Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 9:07pm



Parliament has ordered immediate investigations into the alleged slave trade in Libya. Video footage of migrants being sold in apparent slave auction in Libya has provoked worldwide outrage.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has urged the international community to unite in fighting the scourge.

According to a CNN report, the unidentified men were offered up as a group for farm work for as little as 300 Euros.

Parliament described the act as horrendous.

The house has therefore called on the Ministry of Affairs, the UN and the Libyan government to conduct a conclusive investigation into the incident as there are fears more Ghanaians maybe victims of the act.

The Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, who set the tone for discussions on the floor of parliament called for an immediate visit to detention centres in Libya where most Ghanaians are captured.

He suggested that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, be summoned before the house to answer some questions.

A Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee and MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said the despicable treatment demands urgent action by the world.

Mr Ablakwa urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to probe the development further and get to the bottom of the issue.

The Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye, tasked leadership of Parliament to liaise with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to bring the Minister to the house to discuss the issue.