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More than 17,000 modern-day “slaves” in Libya, says global report

Author: Libya Herald, Published on: 18 October 2013

With 17,693 people apparently living as modern-day slaves in Libya, according to the first-ever Global Slavery Index, the country is ranked by it as having the greatest prevalence of “slavery” in North Africa...Modern slavery takes many forms and is known by many names, the organisers of the report said. “Whether it is called human trafficking, forced labour, slavery or slavery-like practices, victims of modern slavery have their freedom denied, and are used and controlled and exploited by another person for profit, sex, or the thrill of domination.”...The figures make Libya the worst for slavery in North Africa, with Algeria ranked at 91, Morocco at 93, Tunisia at 122 and Egypt at 113...The Middle East and North Africa account for 2.46 percent of the world’s 29.6 million people living in modern “slavery”, the foundation said, with migrant workers identified as particularly vulnerable in the region. It also had the highest measured level of discrimination against women...

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