Juba, November 20, 2018 (SSNA) — The United States-based social media giant, Facebook, has come under international scrutiny after it allowed a 16-year old South Sudanese girl to be auctioned off on its website.
The criticism comes nearly a month after Nyalong Ngong Deng was married to a South Sudanese business man. The bridegroom, Kok Alat, who won the contest was able to paid 500 cows, 3 V8 Toyota Land cruisers, and $10,000 US dollars as a dowry.
Children’s rights agency, Plan International, blasted Facebook, accusing the social media site of what it described as “barbaric use of technology.”
“That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief. This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets,” Plan International’s South Sudan director, George Otim, said in a statement.
Facebook says it has taken down the post, arguing that it does not support any form of human trafficking.
“Any form of human trafficking — whether posts, pages, ads or groups is not allowed on Facebook. We removed the post and permanently disabled the account belonging to the person who posted this to Facebook,” the social media said in a response to criticism.
However, children’s rights groups said Facebook took action more than two weeks after the girl was auctioned off.