Nima Elbagir wins award for uncovering slave auction

CNN senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir and producer Raja Razek have won a George Polk Award for Foreign Television Reporting for uncovering a hidden modern-day slave auction of African refugees in Libya, the network announced today.

Last fall Elbagir, Razek and photojournalist Alex Platt traveled to Libya to investigate reports of migrants being sold at auctions. Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli, Elbagir and Razek witnessed a dozen African migrants auctioned off – some for as little as $400 – in less than 10 minutes.

Following CNN’s broadcast of this shocking footage, Libyan authorities launched a formal investigation into slave auctions, protests were organized in cities around the world and celebrities across the entertainment and music industries spoke out about the issue.

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