It's quite shocking, but it's a true-life case from BBC news: traders cut deals and posted ads on Facebook apps and Instagram. They offered to buy women as servants.
Actually, it is an online market of slave labor. And if Google, Apple, Facebook or other companies distribute these apps, they should be brought to justice, as stated Urmila Bhoola, the UN's special representative for modern forms of slavery.
Slave traders had several hashtags to promote ads on Instagram, so if you find "maids for sale", you know what's that.
BBC reporters initiated an investigation, which encouraged the Kuwaiti authorities to demand the slave traders to delete these accounts. The authors of the ads were also required to sign a legal agreement under which they are committed to back off from human trafficking.
"People buy a maid for 600 dinars (about $2,000), and then sell for a thousand (about $3,300)"
Girls were sold by slave traders from Kuwait at different prices, depending on the color of their skin and age. The prices could reach several thousand dollars. As the BBC found out, nine out of ten Kuwaiti households has a slave housekeeper who comes from more inferior parts of the world.
Thus, people who live under the limit of poverty agree to lose their dignity just to earn at least some money.
Kuwait's human resources chief, Mubarak Al-Azimi, also started an investigation against a police officer and a woman who tried to sell a 16-year-old girl from Guinea via a 4Sale slave app.
The result of this outrageous story could be numerous arrests of the perpetrators and compensation for the hurt girl. Instagram left comments about the situation stressing that any ads related to the sale of women have been removed both on Instagram and Facebook. Plus, the company promised to prevent and filter suchlike publications or messages on its platforms from now forth.