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23 June 2017 12:29 (South Africa)

UN says slavery still part and parcel of life in Mauritania

The scourge of modern slavery is alive and well in the desert state of Mauritania, according to the UN, despite a crackdown on the age-old practice. The global body says a 2007 law criminalising slavery in the West African nation is not being properly enforced. A special UN rapporteur says slavery is practiced through child labour, domestic labour, child marriages and human trafficking, with local human rights groups claiming 18% of Mauritania’s 3 million people still live in slavery. The historical roots of the problem are found in the ruling Arab-Berber elite owning members of the indigenous black population. Read more: Reuters

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