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"You are watching the auction of human beings." With those words, CNN's award-winning investigative journalist Nima Elbagir shattered the world's hope that slavery was confined to history. Elbagir's explosive under-cover footage shows Libyan "auctioneers" selling African migrants in an open-air market for as little as $400 USD. They call the men "merchandise."      CNN's investigation ignited protests around the world, prompted world leaders to issue harsh condemnation and touched off investigations in Libya, Europe and the United Nations. Now Elbagir and her team push the story forward as the CNN Freedom Project explores Libya's detention centers, documents numerous migrants' testimonies of ransom, torture and death, and examines the underlying political motivations that helped set these modern-day human rights atrocities in motion.
"You are watching the auction of human beings." With those words, CNN's award-winning investigative journalist Nima Elbagir shattered the world's hope that slavery was confined to history. Elbagir's explosive under-cover footage shows Libyan "auctioneers" selling African migrants in an open-air market for as little as $400 USD. They call the men "merchandise."      CNN's investigation ignited protests around the world, prompted world leaders to issue harsh condemnation and touched off investigations in Libya, Europe and the United Nations. Now Elbagir and her team push the story forward as the CNN Freedom Project explores Libya's detention centers, documents numerous migrants' testimonies of ransom, torture and death, and examines the underlying political motivations that helped set these modern-day human rights atrocities in motion.

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Nima Elbagir's footage of African migrants being auctioned ignited condemnation around the world. Now, the CNN Freedom Project explores the full story.

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Nima Elbagir's footage of African migrants being auctioned ignited condemnation around the world. Now, the CNN Freedom Project explores the full story.