Silicon Valley enables online slave trade

As if Zuckerberg wasn’t unpopular enough already.  From BBC News:

An undercover investigation by BBC News Arabic has found that domestic workers are being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market.

Some of the trade has been carried out on Facebook-owned Instagram, where posts have been promoted via algorithm-boosted hashtags, and sales negotiated via private messages.

Working as a domestic in the Middle East is one of the most abusive situations in the world.  Unless they are lucky enough to be hired by a western diplomat, there is a very high probability the girls will be beaten and sexually assaulted. Some can’t take it any longer, go to their embassies and ask to be repatriated, but most are supporting entire families with what they make in these oil- rich countries.

In one case, the BBC team was offered a 16-year-old girl. It has called her Fatou to protect her real name.

Fatou had been trafficked from Guinea in West Africa and had been employed as a domestic worker in Kuwait for six months, when the BBC discovered her. Kuwait’s laws say that domestic workers must be over 21.

Her seller’s sales pitch included the facts that she had given Fatou no time off, her passport and phone had been taken away, and she had not allowed her to leave the house alone – all of which are illegal in Kuwait.

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2 thoughts on “Silicon Valley enables online slave trade

  1. No, Graaf, that’s not how it works. That is not how it works at all.

    Go back to your treehouse, or take a walk, or make some nice trains.

    Now I will make a new spam filter, just for you. Madam Gender will never see your comments, because your comments will go straight to the trash.

    Mua ha haaaaaaa

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