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29 September 2017

M., Age: 20, Ivory Coast.

I spent my last 4 months in Libya in a collection center close to Tripoli and not too far from the sea. We were about 500 people in the center. Rumor held that they weren’t going to let us depart until the center reached its full capacity. The Libyans would come every night and take… Read more »

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29 September 2017

M., Age: 27, Gambia

I was detained in a prison near Tripoli for 6 months. At one point, the guards asked me about my skills and I told them I had been a construction worker. They gave me a day trial and brought me, along with some other friends, to work with them everyday since. We would work everyday… Read more »

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29 September 2017

J., Age: 55, Pakistan

I was in Libya for 7 months and spent the entire time in prison. I paid my ransom three times but was not given my freedom in return. I’d pay my ransom and they’d would move me to another prison. The first time, I paid 2,500 dollars and was moved to a prison in Sabha.… Read more »

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29 September 2017

I., Age: 20, Ivory Coast

My partner and I left Ivory Coast about 5 months ago. We crossed Burkina Faso, then Niger and spent 40 days in Agadez. Eventually, a trafficker brought us to Sabah in Libya. In Sabah, I paid another trafficker who was supposed to bring us to Tripoli but he sold us instead. We were brought to… Read more »

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8 September 2017

L., Age: 17, from Gambia

I spent three years in Libya and was in Zwara, specifically, for the last two. I worked for the Libyan police but I didn’t really have a job. The police would use me and I couldn’t refuse. They beat me violently and threatened to kill me when I tried to object. I had been assigned… Read more »

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8 September 2017

D., Age: 19, from Ghana

I was kidnapped in Libya and brought to an unofficial prison in Bani Walid. I was imprisoned for 5 months and released shortly before my departure for Italy. The prison guards would beat me daily. They would come in groups of three and stand in a circle around me: one in front, one behind and… Read more »