BRUSSELS, July 15 – Amnesty International said on Thursday that migrants held in Libyan detention camps are subject to horrific sexual violence at the hands of guards, including being forced to barter sex for clean water, food and access to sanitation.
The report, which focused on migrants intercepted in the Mediterranean and who disembarked in Libya in 2020 and 2021, suggests worsening conditions in the camps despite being recently placed under the control of the Libyan interior ministry.
Pope Francis and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have called for their closure.
Camp guards say, “maybe you want fresh water and beds … let me have sex with you, so I can free you,” a woman told Amnesty, one of several who said guards inside raped or coerced women into sex in exchange for their release or clean water.
The findings come from interviews with 53 refugees and migrants, aged between 14 and 50, from countries such as Nigeria, Somalia