WATCH: Shocking CNN Undercover Video Shows Black People Being Sold In Slave Auction
A disturbing video published by CNN has exposed a secret modern-day slavery market where human beings are auctioned for as little as $400
“Eight hundred,” says the auctioneer. “900 … 1,000 … 1,100 …” a voice in the video is heard saying. “Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars — the equivalent of $800.
The item is not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings.
One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants.
He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of “big strong boys for farm work,” according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand — resting proprietorially on the man’s shoulder — is visible in the brief clip.
After seeing footage of this slave auction, the news network decided to verify its authenticity and traveled to Libya to investigate further.
Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, CNN reporters witnessed a dozen people go “under the hammer” in the space of six or seven minutes.
“Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig,” the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. “What am I bid, what am I bid?”
Buyers raise their hands as the price rises, “500, 550, 600, 650 …” Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are being handed over to their new “masters.”
Watch the video below via CNN: