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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 »

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8 September 2017

O., Age: 18, from Nigeria

I arrived in Libya 15 months ago and haven’t had a day of freedom since. I was sold, bought and transferred between prisons multiple times until I reached the collection camp from which I departed for Italy. I spent my first 6 months at a terrible prison located in Sabha. I was beat everyday with… Read more »