Facebook under fire for not stopping sale of child bride


Facebook is under fire from international human rights organizations for not stopping the sale of a 16-year-old child bride on its site that started at the end of October.

An auction was held on the social media giant for the marriage of a 16-year-old girl in South Sudan on Nov. 3. The winner reportedly gave the girl’s father 500 cows, three cars and $10,000 in exchange for his daughter, according to Plan International, a children’s rights organization.

A spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement to FOX Business that the company removed the post as soon as it learned about it on Nov. 9 – but that wasn’t until after the auction had taken place more than a week prior.

“Any form of human trafficking – whether posts, pages, ads or groups is not allowed on Facebook,” the spokesperson said. “We removed the post and permanently disabled the account belonging to the person who posted this to Facebook.” – READ MORE

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