A US-based publication has recently reported that Libya stands as the fifth-highest in crime rates on the African continent.
CEO World magazine, known for its global business insights, emphasized the severe challenges faced by migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, who often reside in Libya without legal status. This makes them particularly vulnerable to various forms of persecution
The magazine’s report further detailed that smuggling operations have become deeply entrenched within the Libyan socio-economic fabric. Additionally, the widespread occurrences of enforced disappearances, and sexual exploitation continue to mar the country’s human rights record.
Since the overthrow of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has grappled with severe political and social upheaval. The ensuing years saw the emergence of multiple factions vying for control, which has significantly hampered the establishment of a stable and unified government.
This tumultuous environment has provided fertile ground for criminal networks to thrive, particularly in human trafficking across the Mediterranean, and into Europe. Libya’s extensive coastline along the Mediterranean has become synonymous with the perilous migrant journeys. The internal chaos has been exacerbated by the involvement of international actors and mercenaries, complicating the peace process.
As a result, Libya’s transition to a peaceful, democratic state remains fraught with difficulties, including the restoration of law and order and the protection of human rights, which are critical in reversing the trend of rising crime rates.
This instability has fostered a fertile environment for criminal networks engaged in human trafficking, smuggling, and a range of illicit activities, contributing to the high crime rate that plagues the nation.
Efforts by the United Nations and other international bodies to mediate a lasting peace, and form a unified government have seen intermittent success, but the security situation remains volatile, with crime rates reflecting the broader chaos.