Contreras tells how he grappled with complex and at times surreal bureaucracy and logistics, picking his way through areas torn apart by sectarian violence in order to visit detention centre after detention centre. Frustrated by the government´s unwillingness to grant him access, Contreras was forced to circumnavigate the official channels and cultivate his own contact with people smugglers and tribespeople, which enabled him to understand the reality of trafficking in Libya.
Throughout this report, Contreras weaves a compelling narrative to show how, instead of being a place of transit for migrants on their way to Europe, Libya has actually become a trafficking market where people are bought and sold on a daily basis.
With this report, Narciso Contreras provides us with a glimpse of the complex and horrifying context anonymous migrants are faced with.
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- Brett Rogers jury chairman, director of the Photographer’s Gallery (London)
- Patrick Baz photo-director, Agence France Presse for the Middle East and North Africa
- Janine di Giovanni editor-in-chief for the Middle East, Newsweek
- Thierry Grillet director of exhibitions at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF)
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- Mikko Takkunen associate Photo Editor, TIME
- Christophe Gin winner of the 6th Carmignac Photojournalism Award