The Member of Parliament for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Mr. Frank Annoh-Dompreh has appealed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey to probe slave auctions of Africans in Libya.
He said this on the floor of Parliament when he was presenting a statement on the “Fate of Africans in Libya.”
The MP, who doubles as the Chairman of the of Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, noted that an immediate trip by the Minister and other stakeholders to the detention centres in Libya where most Ghanaians are captured will not be out of place.
He intimated that this will also afford them the opportunity to better appreciate the situation and initiate appropriate intervention measures as soon as practicable.
The House condemned the acts and called on African leaders and the world to join hands to end slave auctions in Libya now.
The Minister is expected to appear before Parliament to brief the MPs on the matter.
There has been a video footage of migrants sold in apparent slave auction in Libya. CNN reports that footage of men being auctioned off as slaves in Libya has been met with outrage and the UN Secretary-General has called on the international community to “unite in fighting this scourge.”
CNN also reveals that in the grainy mobile footage, unidentified men are offered up as a group of “big strong boys for farm work.”
The film was obtained by CNN journalists who later witnessed another sale of dozen men in a courtyard outside the country’s capital, Tripoli.
It also reports that the Libyan government launched an investigation into the slave auctions but said the international community needed to provide more support if it was going to tackle the problem.