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Migrants rescued by the Libyan coastguard at sea receive a piece of bread while sitting in a naval base near the capital Tripoli in 2015. (AFP)

Geneva – A number of migrants suffering from hunger, torture and sexual abuse at the hands of human-traffickers presented filmed evidence of these crimes in a video of the area where they are being held.

The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the video shows 250 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia who are in haggard shape and in obvious shock.

The United Nations had in November said that as many as 7,000 detained migrants suffer tragic conditions similar to the detainees in Libya.

The video that was posted on Facebook days ago was direct and clear evidence of its claims.

One of the detainees said that he has been in the detention center for a year and that he is beaten on a daily basis.

His statement was recorded by a Somali journalist in Turkey.

The relatives of the detainees often receive short video footage through social media of their loved ones. The recordings are means to extract a ransom that could reach as much as 10,000 dollars for the release of the migrant.

The IOM and UN had urged social media companies to take the necessary measures to ensure that their platforms are not abused in such ways.

The IOM and Libyan authorities are still trying to locate the detention center to free the detainees.

Meanwhile, the Libyan coastguard rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday.

“A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday,” General Ayoub Qassem said.

He added that 25 children and 98 women, including seven who were pregnant, were among those rescued.

“One of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinking, while the wooden one did not have a motor,” he said.