A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli, on June 27, 2017. AFP / Taha JAWASHI
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The smugglers often use Facebook to reach would-be migrants with false promises of jobs in Europe, International Organization for Migration spokesman Leonard Doyle said.Images broadcast by CNN last month appeared to show migrants being auctioned off as slaves by Libyan traffickers.The IOM has helped 13,000 migrants to return voluntarily to Nigeria, Guinea and other countries from Libya this year.Doyle said it was currently repatriating 4,000 migrants to Niger.The African Union aims to return 20,000 migrants from Libya over the next six weeks after international condemnation of the slave auctions in Libya.
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