The international time of prayer took place Tuesday after Campbell urged people to take action against the modern day slave trade.
Last month, CNN released an exposé about African migrants who went to Libya in search of a better life but were captured, tortured, imprisoned and sold into slavery. This has largely been a result of the Obama administration’s decison to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was then killed on Oct. 20, 2011, as he tried to flee his hometown of Sirte.
Alan J. Kuperman, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, told Newsweek the “overthrowing and killing of Gaddafi led to many of the problems Libya is dealing with today, including the slave trade and its unraveling into a failed state.”
“When you break a state and then don’t stick around to rebuild it, you create a failed state,” the professor, who has written several papers on Libya, said.
Obama has called the decision to overthrow Gaddafi the “worst mistake” of his presidency, but he also blamed former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and European leaders for the aftermath, calling the situation a “s–t show.”
“I’m not sure if many of you are aware but here’s a human slave trade that is happening right now in Libya. There is upwards of 1 million people that migrated to Libya from the corruption of their own countries trying to find a better life,” she said in a video posted to her social media accounts this week.
“In the process they are captured, tortured, sold like products at a flea market and enslaved. When I got wind of this by way of expose on CNN, I said I had to do something.”