HUGE DOWRY SHINES LIGHT ON CHILD BRIDES

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Five hun­dred cows, two lux­ury cars, US$10,000, two bikes, a boat and a few cell­phones made up the fi­nal price in a heated bid­ding war for a child bride in South Su­dan that went vi­ral after the auc­tion was pointed out on Face­book. It is the largest dowry ever paid in the civil war-torn coun­try, the gov­ern­ment said.

The high­est bid­der was a man three times the 17-year-old’s age. At least four other men com­peted, said Philips Anyang Ngong, a hu­man rights lawyer who tried to stop the bid­ding last month. Among the bid­ders was the state’s deputy gov­er­nor.

“She has been re­duced to a mere com­mod­ity,” said Ngong, call­ing it “the big­gest test of child abuse, traf­fick­ing and auc­tion­ing of a hu­man be­ing.”

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