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UN investigating Libya slave trade

INJUSTICE: A woman holds a placard with the message "I Have a Dream" as she attends a protest against slavery in Libya outside the Libyan Embassy in Paris. (Photo credit: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

LIBYA's UN-backed government said it was investigating reports of African migrants being sold as slaves and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Footage broadcast by CNN showed African migrants being traded in Libya sparked an international outcry and protests in Europe and Africa.

"There have been direct instructions issued to form an investigative committee so as to uncover the truth and to capture the wrongdoers, and those responsible, and put them before the judiciary," Libyan Interior Minister Aref al-Khodja told journalists in Tripoli.

"We are now currently waiting for the results of the investigations which I believe are coming to a close."

"We call on local and international bodies to cooperate with the Attorney General's Office and provide any information that helps to reveal the truth," the U.N.-backed government's presidency said in a statement.

"We, in Libya, are victims of illegal migration and we are not a source for it," it added, appealing to foreign powers to help stop flows from migrants' countries of origin and across Libya's southern borders.

PICTURED: A protest which took place in London on Saturday Nov 25)

Since the news broke, protests have been taking place across Europe including London, Paris, Sweden and Brussels.

Parisians gathered outside the Libya Embassy, to protest the migrant auctions. One protester told France 24: "We have to mobilize. We can't let this kind of thing happen. "Did we really need to see such shocking pictures before taking a stand? I don't think so."

Famous figures have also spoken out on the disheartening news, with supermodel Naomi Campbell using Instagram as a means to bring awareness to the issue.

"I’m taking time out of my mourning period to address this issue which is shocking and inhumane," said Campbell. She concluded the post adding the hashtags: " #stoplibyaslavetrade #enditnow #progressnotregress."

R&B star Chris Brown also shared thoughts, sharing an Image on Instagram with the following message: "When France got bombed i see the entire fb saying pray for France, when Manchester got bomb i see the same. When Texas was flooding everyone was saying pray for Texas, but this slave trade is currently going on in Libya and we dno’t see it all over social media.. smh.”

Rapper T.I commented: "This is PURE EVIL!!!!! I'm LIVID!!!!! I'm wondering if Khadafi was such a horrible dictator why wasn't this happening when HE WAS in power? One has no choice but to conclude his absence made this possible"

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