Ivory Coast president urges ICC to lay charges over Libyan slave markets

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Ivory Coast’s President, Alassane Ouattara has called on the International Criminal Court to indict criminals who are selling African migrants in Libyan slave markets.

His comments follow a worldwide outcry over footage aired by CNN television network that showed men were being auctioned as farm hands in Libya, after being smuggled across the Sahara. Some West African countries have recalled their ambassadors to Libya over the reports.

Libya’s United Nations (UN) backed government has said it’s investigating the reports. France have also demanded an urgent UN Security Council session on human trafficking in Libya and raised the possibility of sanctions.