SLAVE HELL: Charity blasts EU deportation policy for turning Libya into a...

SLAVE HELL: Charity blasts EU deportation policy for turning Libya into a hub for the slave trade and a ‘hell’ for migrants.


The accusation by Thierry Allafort-Duverger, of Doctors Without Borders, came as Emmanuel Macron announced evacuation of migrants from Libya.

BRUSSELS was last night blasted by a top charity boss for helping to create a booming slave trade in Libya.

Doctors Without Borders chief Thierry Allafort-Duverger said the bloc’s deportation policy has turned the North African country into a “trap” for migrants.

And he branded Eurocrat hand-wringing over the plight of asylum seekers “the height of hypocrisy” saying they are sending people back to “hell”.

Mr Allafort-Duverger was scathing of the bloc’s policy of building up the Libyan Coastguard so it can intercept more smugglers’ boats before they reach Europe.

The senior charity chief made the remarks as French president Emmanuel Macron announced European countries will launch military action to crush the Libyan slave trade.

Writing in Le Monde, he fumed: “It is necessary to give all those stuck in the Libyan trap, which is partly woven by France and the European Union, the opportunity to escape.”

Following a meeting with African leaders Mr. Macron announced he had “decided on an extreme emergency operation to evacuate from Libya those who want to be”.

The French president said migrants would start being flown out “in the coming days or weeks” after Libya’s leader guaranteed smooth access to refugee camps.

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the operation, which could see up to 15,000 people evacuated, is entirely an initiative of the member states.

At an EU-Africa summit yesterday Brussels pledged £39 billion over the next three years to aid the continent’s development in an attempt to tackle root causes of migration like poverty and joblessness.