In addition to appearing on online arms markets, weapons from the Gaddafi regime’s arsenal have been found throughout North Africa and the Middle East, particularly in the hands of Daesh (ISIS) militants who are active in Syria and Iraq. In addition, Libya’s geographical location has led to the growth of another illicit industry – sex slavery.
With many West African migrants traveling through Libya as they seek passage to Europe, sex slavery has become so commonplace that live slave auctions now occur in plain view of the public, according to a recent statement from the International Organization for Migration.
However, as Italy and the EU have been financing and training Libya's coastguard to stem the flow of people crossing the Mediterranean, many see their journey to Europe end in Libya.
Libya, a country in chaos since the overthrow of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, more or less shirks any responsibility for the thousands of people stranded on the banks of the Med.
Despite his 42-year-long despotic rule, along with his reputation as a “crazy leader,” Libya was once Africa’s most economically successful nation and enjoyed the continent’s highest standard of living, thanks to handsome oil reserves that helped to fill the state’s coffers.
Gaddafi used state money to offer a variety of popular services including free electricity, interest-free loans, grants to newlyweds, legal rights to housing, maternity bonuses for new mothers, free education, 50-percent subsidies on new car purchases and free healthcare. made an example of Iraq to show what happens when a country subverts the U.
The Cambridge University-educated lawyer added that the victims have their 'bodies mutilated' and are 'roasted like suya [shish kebabs]'. This is what Libyans do to sub-Saharan Africans who are looking for a transit point to Europe.'They sell them into slavery and either murder, mutilate, torture or work them to death.' Fani-Kayode, writing on Twitter, also bemoaned the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and attacked Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari for 'remaining silent' about slavery.
One example of Libya’s steep decline has been the proliferation of the illegal arms trade.