When news of a modern slave trade in the African nation of Libya began taking hold in the news cycle, the images were jarring as expected. American artists such as T.I., LL Cool J, Pharrell Williams and others have spoken out against the practice, using their vast social media networks to heap criticism.
As noted by Billboard, a CNN report featuring details of the so-called slave trade where African migrants escaping their war-torn nations en route to safe passage to the Mediterranean become victims of human trafficking and are essentially enslaved by smugglers to do hard labor. T.I. took to social media to lash out against the practice, along with sharing a number of the disturbing images.
T.I., LL Cool J, Pharell Williams, and Faith Evans, and Questlove of The Roots and their posts regarding the slavery in Libya can be viewed below and on the following pages.