《中英對照讀新聞》Libya opens investigation into slave auctions－ 利比亞對奴隸拍賣事件展開調查
Libyan authorities have launched a formal investigation into slave auctions in the country following an exclusive CNN report. "A high-level committee has been convened encompassing representatives from all the security apparatus to oversee this investigation," Anes Alazabi, an official with the internationally recognized government of Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency, told CNN.
Last week, CNN published a report on modern slavery in Libya, featuring a video that reportedly was shot in August and appeared to show a man selling African migrants for farm work. "Big strong boys," the man said. "400 … 700 … 800," he called out the mounting prices. The men were eventually sold for about $400 each, CNN reported.
Following the CNN report, demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and other cities to express their outrage. Several world leaders spoke out as well. The chairman of the African Union, Guinean President Alpha Condé, called it a "despicable trade".
However, rights advocates caution that real action may be slow in coming. "People are rightfully outraged," Human Rights Watch researcher Hanan Salah said. "But don’t hold your breath that anything real is going to happen."
exclusive：獨家的。例句：She had an exclusive interview with Dalai Lama.（她專訪達賴喇嘛。）
slow in coming：姍姍來遲、緩不濟急。例句：The firefighters were slow in coming.（消防人員姍姍來遲。）
not hold one’s breath：別抱期待、別當真。例句：She said she might show up on time but don’t hold your breath.（她說她會準時出現，可是你別當真。）
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