France called Wednesday for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss slave-trading in Libya following video footage showing Africans being auctioned off in the war-torn country.
"Many other African leaders expressed 'outrage" at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil, urging Libyan authorities and worldwide organizations to do everything possible to stop this practice.
Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Metig said his UN-backed Government of National Accord would investigate the allegations, in a statement posted Sunday on the Facebook page of the GNA's press office.
Libya is a major departure point for illegal migrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores, due to the insecurity and chaos in the North African nation. The images issued by the CNN and recorded by a mobile phone show that two young men are auctioned and then the narrator of the television network says that these individuals sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars, which is equivalent to just over $800 United States dollars.
Antonio Guterres says in a tweet "slavery has no place in our world".
Guinean President Alpha Condé, who is also chairman of the African Union, on Friday called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era".
The United Nations estimates there are 700,000 migrants in Libya fleeing conflict or searching for economic opportunity.
"We can not be a silent witness to modern day slavery, rape, forced labour and killings", Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame said. Majority cross into the North African nation each year, waiting to be smuggled out across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.