Migrants in Libya Suffer Torture, Abuse in Off-the-Grid Detention, Aid Groups Say

Migrants in Libya Suffer Torture, Abuse in Off-the-Grid Detention, Aid Groups Say
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In late May, Juwel Howladar, a 24-year-old Bangladeshi who was in Libya in search of work, left a voice message for his sister. In tears, he said he had been kidnapped and was being tortured in an abandoned warehouse. He begged his family to send $12,000 or he would be killed, his sister said.

Over the next four days, Mr. Howladar’s family received more than a dozen such messages, said his sister Eti Akhter. In some, Mr. Howladar described being electrocuted. But once the family handed over the money to a local middleman,…