Mauritania convicts 3 for child slavery
Nouakchott - A Mauritanian court has sentenced three women for keeping
children in slave-like conditions in the West African nation.
court sentenced the women on Sunday. The women included the mothers of
the two girls, aged 10 and 14. They were convicted of negligence and of
participating in the exploitation of minors for selling their children.
Each woman was given six months' imprisonment.
outlawed slavery in 2007 but the practice persists because of lack of
knowledge or resistance to its abolition. Slavery convictions remain
The US State Department last year gave Mauritania a failing
grade for not complying with minimum international standards to
eliminate the trade in human beings and sexual slavery.