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Child sex slavery still rampant in Africa

Parents call on Nigerian government to rescue young girls abducted by Muslim gangs for sex slavery.

Muslims in Nigeria have declared that any girl attending school is fair game to be abducted and sold. Recently, Muslim slave traders attacked a school full of 275 young girls. About 236 are now in captivity. According to a leader of the Muslim group, they are being sold as sex slaves. The girls are reportedly on sale in neighboring Chad and Cameroon for $12 USD each.

Nigeria is half Muslim and half Christian.

From Sky News…

The Islamist kidnapper of more than 200 Nigerian girls missing since April 14 has vowed to sell them, reports say.

Abubakar Shekau claimed in a video obtained by the AFP news wire service that a buyer for the schoolgirls would be found.
Describing the students as “slaves,” he said: “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.”

At least 276 youngsters were seized from their school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state, north Nigeria, by Boko Haram militants three weeks ago.

Nigerian police said 53 managed to escape shortly after the attack, but at least 223 are still missing. Relatives suggest that figure could be considerably higher.

Reports had previously circulated that some of the girls missing have already been sold as brides across Nigeria’s border with Chad and Cameroon for as little as £7 ($12).

It is not clear whether the video was recorded before or after those reports.

The video was also the first time Boko Haram has admitted carrying out the abduction.

The group, whose name means “Western education is sinful,” regularly attacks civilian targets. However, the brazenness of the school attack – during which the girls were rounded up and put on to trucks – has shocked Nigerians accustomed to atrocities in the five-year conflict with the insurgents.

A group called “Bring Back Our Girls,” comprised of relatives of the missing students, have staged regular protests across Nigeria calling for the government and military to do more to find the girls.

President Goodluck Jonathan took to the radio and TV on Sunday night to respond to criticism over his government’s handling of the crisis.

He said: “We promise that anywhere the girls are, we will surely get them out.”