Earlier this month, a CNN investigation revealed that a modern slave trade has begun to take hold of Libya. The jarring images instantly set social media ablaze and now T.I., Nas, Pharrell Williams and others have spoken out against the practice.
According to initial reports, African migrants escaping their war-torn nations en route to safe passage to the Mediterranean are being held captive by smugglers to do hard labor. Just days after Thanksgiving, T.I. took to Twitter to address the harrowing ordeal. "This is PURE EVIL!!!!," he wrote, including a number of the disturbing images.
"Spiritual Warfare in full effect," he added. "What side u on? Fight Back." The Hustle Gang frontman continued his rant by referencing the demise of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi. "I'm wondering if Khadafi was such a horrible dictator why wasn't this happening when HE WAS in power?," T.I. wrote.
This is PURE EVIL!!!!! I'm LIVID!!!! Satin is BUSY as a muuufucka. Spiritual Warfare in full effect.What side u on?— T.I. (@Tip) November 28, 2017
Fight Back... Repost!!!! For more info just google "slave trade in Libya" pic.twitter.com/8WvI0fcR0y
And, earlier Tuesday morning (Nov. 28) LL Cool J echoed T.I.'s sentiments. "The slave trade in Libya must be stopped, the hip-hop vet wrote on Twitter. "The west used Military force to help the rebels remove Gaddafi."
"Remove the slave holders by force and help establish a stable leadership," LL continued. A handful full of other artists also came forward to share their thoughts on the atrocity including Faith Evans and Questlove of The Roots.
Take a look at their thoughts, below.
Appalling. https://t.co/Ma23rheOiD— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 28, 2017
The slave trade in Libya must be stopped. The west used Military force to help the rebels remove Gaddafi. I believe that gives the West the moral obligation to get this country back on a healthy footing. Remove the slave holders by force and help establish a stable leadership— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) November 28, 2017
Once Again: Slavery https://t.co/cxT9u3lzro— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) November 26, 2017
LIBYA!!!! LIBYA!!!!! NOW!!!!! NOW!!! HUMAN BEINGS ARE BEING SOLD, BEATEN, STOLEN FROM THEIR FAMILIES INTO SLAVERY, MURDERERED @POTUS- ACT NOW!!!!! Here’s your chance. ACT NOW!!!!! pic.twitter.com/HdRzmNsZBX— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) November 26, 2017
(Photos from left: Prince Williams/WireImage, Jacopo Raule/GC Images)