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Tech giants including Instagram and Google ‘are hosting online slave markets where domestic workers are being bought and sold for less than £3,000 through apps’

Daily Mail [1]
November 5, 2019

Technology giants Google, Apple and Facebook have been accused of facilitating an online slavery market. 

An undercover investigation by BBC News Arabic found smartphone apps in Kuwait where potential buyers can scroll through the details of thousands of women available for domestic service.

The women can be ‘bought’ for as little as £3,000.

UN special rapporteur on modern slavery Urmila Bhoola told the BBC [2]: ‘What they are doing is promoting an online slave market.

‘If Google, Apple, Facebook or any other companies are hosting apps like these, they have to be held accountable.’

The investigation found that one market operates on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. It is reported that sales are conducted through private messages.

The tech giants told the BBC they are working with app developers to stop the illegal activity.

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