After Tanker Hijack, Migrants Look Like the New Pirates of the Mediterranean

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A March 2019 report by the humanitarian group Women’s Refugee Commission claims that sex abuse is among the most common forms of torture for both men and women who travel through Libya. So much so, that the report quotes a source who has worked with those who have gone through the centers. “Everyone knows when a man says, ‘I’ve gone through Libya,’ it is a euphemism for rape,” the report states. “100 percent of women migrants [traveling the central Mediterranean route] experience sexual violence ... [while] 98 percent of men and boys coming from Sahel and through Libya are exposed to sexual violence.”