17yr Old Girl Auctioned Off For Marriage On Facebook

With only 7,500 moderators and 2.2 billion users, Facebook must act more responsibly to protect against human rights violations, writes Susannah Birkwood.

On 3 November, a 17-year old girl from South Sudan’s Eastern Lakes State got married. Normally, there’d be nothing unusual about that in a country in which a horrifying 52 percent of girls are married before their 18th birthday.

But this time, the man who married the girl “won” her after participating in an auction on Facebook.

Kok Alat, a business tycoon thought to be three times her age, beat four other men – including, reportedly, three high-ranking government officials – by bidding cars (three), cows (500) and cash ($10,000) to make the girl his tenth wife.

— Read more on www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/12/10/social-media-must-do-more-to-protect-girls-rights

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