by Giulio Meotti
Over 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Zamfara, in the second mass kidnapping of its kind in just over a week in Nigeria.Last week, 42 children were abducted in west-central Nigeria and more than 300 boys were abducted in early December in Kankara.
In April 2014, the Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram kidnapped 276 students from the city of Chibok. It was they who inaugurated the season of mass abductions.They are kidnapped by gangs of criminals with ties to jihadist groups in the north-east of the country.
Young women are often forced to marry the kidnappers when they fail to make money on ransom demands. They are often sold for 2,000 naire, the Nigerian currency (equivalent to 12 dollars). The NGO Free the Slaves estimates a profit of $ 1.6 billion (an amount greater than the GDP of eight African countries) from African slavery each year.
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