People take part in a demonstration against slavery in Libya, on November 25, 2017 in Marseille, southern France
The UN Security Council must take stronger measures, possibly including sanctions, to stop slave auctions In Libya, the French ambbadador said Monday.
France called for an urgent meeting of the council on Tuesday, a week after the UN's top body held a debate on human trafficking that addressed the abuse of migrants in Libya.
"We must go much further, much more in terms of saying" no "to an unacceptable situation," French Ambbadador Francois Delattre told reporters.
When asked if sanctions were possible, Delattre said: "We are working on all possible measures to fight this scourge, we do not exclude anything."
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said last week that he was horrified by the images broadcast by CNN that showed an apparent live auction of African immigrants to be used as agricultural workers.
Men were sold for as little as $ 400.
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Guterres said that the slave auctions were "among the most atrocious abuses of human rights and may constitute crimes against humanity."
African leaders have expressed their indignation at the images and requested an investigation; Libyan officials say they have opened an investigation.
Informed slave auctions have raised questions about whether European Union migration agreements were aimed at curbing the Mediterranean crossings by turning human traffickers into slave traders as an increasing number of migrants find themselves stuck in Libya, without money, desperate and vulnerable.
Libya became a huge transit center for sub-Saharan Africans who sailed to Europe after the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, which plunged the country into chaos.
The European Union has been desperate to stop the influx of immigrants, as more than 1.5 million immigrants arrived in Europe since 2015.
Migration will dominate an EU summit with the African Union in Costa of Ivory this week. Guterres will be present.