Mauritania court gives toughest sentence for slave owners

Mauritania court gives toughest sentence for slave owners
 

Two slave owners in Mauritania have been jailed in a country where slavery remains widespread but convictions rare, activists say.
The sentences of 10 and 20 years are said to be the toughest-ever for the crime in the West African country.
Slavery was outlawed in 1981 but 1% of the population are still living in bondage, human rights groups say.
Black people of certain ethnic groups are often enslaved as domestic workers by lighter-skinned Mauritanians.
The country has jailed more anti-slavery activists than slave owners, rights groups say.
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30 March 2018 in World News, Views: 54
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