“The men on the pick-up were brought to a square, or parking lot, where a kind of slave trade was happening. There were locals – he described them as Arabs – buying sub-Saharan migrants.” Livia Manante, IOM officer.Traffickers offering to take refugees and migrants to the coast are instead selling them to the highest bidder. Migrants and refugees faced with the loss of their savings and huge debts are often unable to buy their way out.“They took people and put them in the street, under a sign that said ‘for sale’” On the market, men and women are sold for between $200 and $500 and for children about 650 dinars .Once bought, they are held for ransom in mass prisons and detention centers, or used as forced labor or sexual exploitation. Conditions are extreme, with hundreds crammed into filthy rooms, with little space, food or access to water. Often, they will be resold and moved between prisons as their slave masters demand more and more in ransom.