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Abduction of schoolgirls highlights Nigeria’s booming sex trafficking industry

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On April 14, nearly 300 Nigerian girls were abducted from their dormitories in a school in the northeastern town of Chibok. News accounts reported that Boko Haram, a terrorist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the abduction and said they sold the girls as child brides. At this point, it’s not clear how many girls have been sold, if any. But a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released by the international media on May 6: “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”

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