Representatives at the United Nations on Tuesday called for action to be taken in Libya after a video surfaced of African migrants being sold at a slave market.
France called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the issue.
"The fact is that ruthless smugglers are preying on desperate migrants and refugees with no regard at all for human dignity," said Michele Sison, the U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the U.N.
The head of the U.N. migration agency has said that the United Nations is planning to try to empty government-controlled detention centers in an attempt to stop the slavery and human smuggling.
Libya's U.N. ambassador, Elmahdi Elmajerbi, said Tuesday that reports of slavery still need to be authenticated by authorities, but authorities would "pursue the criminals and will present them to justice as soon as possible."
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