By moral and modern standards, we all know that it is wrong for a family to ‘auction’ their daughter to interested men. The unfortunate fact of the matter, however, is that yes, such things are still happening today – and one recent case even happened in social media.
According to reports, a 17-year-old girl from South Sudan was sold by her family to a wealthy businessman for 500 cows, 3 luxury cars and $10,000. The transaction took place on Facebook.
The girl’s photo was posted online and it mentioned that five men participated in the auction.
The teenager was later married to the winning bidder.
News sources has since described the teen as a ‘virgin bride’ or ‘the most expensive woman in South Sudan’.
Naturally, the controversial wedding sparked a lot of negative reaction online.
Plan International South Sudan country director George Otim remarked:
“That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site … is beyond belief.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman from Facebook said that the social media giant immediately removed the post and the user for violating community standards.
As the spokesperson pointed out:
“Any form of human trafficking whether posts, pages, ads or groups that coordinate this activity are not allowed on Facebook.”
According to a UNICEF report, many girls from South Sudan get married before they even reach 18 – the legal marrying age in the country. However, poverty and other factors become the motivation of some families to push their daughters to marry younger since they get to receive dowries from such weddings.
While people are happy that the post was taken down, many said that it was up online for several days and it still eventually resulted to the youngster’s illegal wedding.
Judy Gitau, an attorney from Equality Now, said:
“Facebook has a responsibility on securing and protecting the rights of women and girls. They need to put sufficient resources into monitoring what is on their platform.”
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“Transgender people can now have their gender changed… In the same spirit, there should be room for age change.”
We’ve all heard the saying “age is just a number” and now a 69-year-old guy from Netherlands wants to challenge that in a whole different way. Emile Ratelband recently made headlines after saying that since transgender people are allowed to legally change their sex, he should be permitted to alter his age as well.
Although Ratelband’s viewpoints are raising a lot of eyebrows, he remains undaunted about his stand and he’s even taken his argument to court. His case is now in the court of Arnhmen city.
Emile Ratelband is 69 years old but says he feels like he’s 20 years younger.
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This is fishy.
Kimberly Robles of Manait in Bacacay, Albay, Philippines became the talk of the town after she supposedly got pregnant by a fish! The 17-year-old started gaining weight about seven months ago with her stomach growing in line with a pregnancy.
Since Kimberly’s stomach suddenly grew bigger without warning, her family believed she was pregnant despite her young age. However, the teen kept insisting that she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she definitely didn’t have an intimate moment with any man.
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I chuckled in #14.
For those who grew up pre-internet, you have definitely spent a lot of time exploring maps, be it for homework, personal knowledge, or simply out of boredom. You were memorizing countries, their capital cities, rivers, mountain ranges, flags, and dreaming of visiting them all.
However, now that you’re older and wiser, you realized that all these maps that you have spent countless hours looking at were not useful like you thought. Some are so hard to understand, and some don’t even make sense at all. Here are 25 terrible maps that are so bad they’re good.
1. After the flat earth theory, comes the cat earth theory.
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