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WATCH VIDEO: People for sale Where lives are auctioned for $400

   "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800.... Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings. One of the unidentified men being sold in the grainy cell phone video obtained by CNN is Nigerian. He appears to be in his twenties and is wearing a pale shirt and sweatpants. He has been offered up for sale as one of a group of "big strong boys for farm work," according to the auctioneer, who remains off camera. Only his hand -- resting proprietorially on the man's shoulder -- is visible in the brief clip. After seeing footage of this slave auction, CNN worked to verify its authenticity and traveled to Libya to investigate further. Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli last month, we witness a dozen people go "under the hammer" in the space of six or seven minutes. "Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he'll dig," the salesman, dressed in camouflage gear, says. "What am I bid, what am I bid?" Buyers raise their hands as the price rises, "500, 550, 600, 650 ..." Within minutes it is all over and the men, utterly resigned to their fate, are being handed over to their new "masters." After the auction, we met two of the men who had been sold. They were so traumatized by what they'd been through that they could not speak, and so scared that they were suspicious of everyone they met. Crackdown on smugglers Each year, tens of thousands of people pour across Libya's borders. They're refugees fleeing conflict or economic migrants in search of better opportunities in Europe. Most have sold everything they own to finance the journey through Libya to the coast and the gateway to the Mediterranean. But a recent clampdown by the Libyan coastguard means fewer boats are making it out to sea, leaving the smugglers with a backlog of would-be passengers on their hands. So the smugglers become masters, the migrants and refugees become slaves.  

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Natural Beauty, According to Dope’s Breakout Star Kiersey Clemons

At the ripe age of 23, Kiersey Clemons oozes self-confidence with an artfully un-put-together look... And an IDGAF attitude that’s inspiring to anyone who struggles with self-acceptance. “I don’t stress about my appearance,” she says in InStyle’s September issue. “There are bigger things happening in the world.” Here, she offers five tips for living awesomely. 1. WORK YOUR NATURAL FEATURES “I have my dad’s big, sleepy eyes. People always say I have resting bitch face because of the way I stare, but I’ve grown to love the way my eyes look. And they are an important form of expression for acting.” 2. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS “I got hips before the rest of my friends and couldn’t share jeans with them. It hurt my feelings so badly. I thought because I weighed more, something was the matter with me. I realize now that our bodies are constantly changing, and there’s nothing wrong with that.” 3. CHOP IT ALL OFF “Hair has always been a big thing for me. If I didn’t pay attention, it would be knotted into one giant dread. Cutting it short felt right. The longer it gets, the more irritating it is.” 4. DRESS FOR YOURSELF AND NO ONE ELSE “I’m the type of person who will Google old red-carpet photos of myself as a reminder to wear only what I feel comfortable in. Find clothes that suit you. It’s like finding a friend—someone who actually likes you.” 5. OWN YOUR BODY HAIR “I originally grew out my underarm hair for a movie role. Once I did it, I realized how much I liked it. At the end of the day, you adapt to change. Some people make a big deal about female body hair, but it is what it is.”    

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