Well known French journalist Annick Cojean releases her new book, The Prey this week. It reveals how the Libyan tyrant, Muammar Gaddafi used prisons, beauty parlors and weddings to find women to become his sex slaves, told through stories of the sufferers.
The London Book Fair 2012 described it as: “A shocking indictment of Muammar Gaddafi’s reign of terror and a sensitive exploration of the fate of the women who fell victim to it.”
Last November, Annick Cojean wrote an article for Le Monde about a teenager named Soraya. She was spotted at her high school by Gaddafi, who then chose her sad fate as a sex slave. She was drugged, raped and tortured over a period of seven years. After bravely speaking out she has helped unravel dark secrets behind the regime. After the article Cojean decided to turn the article into a book, researching further into the matter.
The French magazine Le Point, ran a review of the The Prey. They included an excerpt from a chapter detailing an attempt by a Libyan envoy in Dakar to fly 100 Senegalese models to Tripoli, officially, to attend a beauty contest, but privately to serve as mistresses for the nymphomaniac dictator. The plan was blocked when Senegalese officials learned that the young women, who included teenagers, were being allowed to board a jet without travelling papers.
Here are just two brief stories. The mystery of how many women have actually been victimized remains. Cojean has done a significant job in raising awareness on the matter, with hope of more women coming forward to tell their accounts of life under the tyrant.
Annick Cojean is a foreign correspondent for Le Monde. She chairs the committee for the Prix Albert Londres, having won the prize herself in 1996, and has published a number of books.
The book was released on September 12, and is available on Amazon in French.