Child Brides as Young as 10 Advertised, Sold on Facebook, Report Reveals
African children bought by older men after being advertised on Facebook
While social media monopoly Facebook is busy stamping out conservative voices from its News Feed, African child brides as young as ten-years-old are being advertised and sold by traffickers on the Mark Zuckerberg-owned platform, a new report has revealed.
Parents in Africa are using Facebook to sell their children via connections made on the social network in order to pay off debts.
An investigation by The Daly Beast found that, in some cases, kids are young as 10 are having their freedom bartered with men old enough to be their grandfather.
Girls from the Becheve community in Nigeria have been sold on Facebook for money or exchanged for goods, according to the Daily Beast.
The girls are known in the community as “money women” or “money wives,” are usually sold locally to older men.
The worldwide reach of Facebook, however, has helped connect more buyers and sellers, making the trades far more lucrative for traffickers.
Facebook didn’t respond to a request for comment from Fox News, but the company’s spokesperson told the Daily Mail that “any form of human trafficking -- whether posts, pages, ads or groups -- is not allowed on Facebook and we remove this content whenever we identify it.”
The statement added: “We're always improving the methods we use to identify content that breaks our policies, including doubling our safety and security team to more than 30,000 and investing in technology."
But even a robust security team can't totally scrub the site clean.
One girl named Monica told the Daily Beast how she and her sister were sold without their consent because their father wanted to settle debts.
And because he had a smartphone.
“My father knew nothing about Facebook until my elder brother bought him a smartphone and convinced him to join Facebook and post our photographs whenever he likes,” she said.
“He'll buy new clothes and force me and my sisters to put them on before taking photographs of us.”
She claims she got married to a much older man she had never met before. The same thing happened to her sister, too. Monica ran away about a year after the marriage, however.
“It is young people who convince old men to look for wives on Facebook,” she said.
“The man I married said his oldest son showed him my photo on Facebook and directed him to my father.”
So, if someone wishes to share a Neon Nettle report with their friends, Facebook makes sure it disappears into the black hole that is their News Feed algorithm by shadowbanning all links to our website to "keep users safe" because we're critical of the left.
Meanwhile, child traffickers are cashing-in using the platform to connect with predators and sell children to them.
Well done Mark.