Fb is dealing with outrage after a 17-year-old woman from South Sudan was auctioned off for marriage on their platform.

The incident occurred in October, when a household posted a Fb message calling for males to put bids for his or her daughter.

One businessman from Juba, South Sudan, gained the public sale with a proposal of 530 cows, three Land Cruisers and $10,000.

Though it was extensively circulated on-line, Fb didn’t take down the publish till Nov. 9, three days after the daughter was married off and two weeks after it first appeared, Vice reported.

Info minister Taban Abel instructed Reuters that the woman has gone into hiding in Juba, however did present any extra particulars.

That is the primary reported state of affairs the place a teenage bride was bought on Fb. Now activists are calling out the net platform for a way they’ve dealt with the incident.

“This barbaric use of expertise is harking back to latter-day slave markets,” George Otim, nation director of charity group Plan Worldwide South Sudan, instructed Reuters. “That a woman could possibly be bought for marriage on the world’s largest social networking web site at the present time is past perception.”

“Any type of human trafficking whether or not posts, pages, adverts or teams that coordinate this exercise aren’t allowed on Fb,” a Fb spokesman instructed Reuters.

Though the authorized age of marriage is 18 within the war-torn nation, greater than 50 p.c of underage women in South Sudan are married.

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