Auriane's Talking about the News
Today Auriane has spoken about an astonishing piece of news :
A Saudi man was trying to sell his six-year-old son on Facebook for around $20million in order to avoid 'living in poverty' after his illegal business was shut down.
Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry said that he was too old for the government unemployment agency to provide assistance and too young to collect a public pension.
Later ; he claimed having done that to attract the government’s attention to the situation of people like him in Saudi Arabia .
Technically, the penalty for human trafficking in Saudi Arabia is up to $266,667 (US) and a 15-year prison sentence, and can be increased if the victim is a child. However, Although slavery was officially abolished in Saudi Arabia 1962 ,the U.S. State Department consistently reports that “the Government of Saudi Arabia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.”
So who is to blame really ?
Saudi Arabiahalf of whose children face domestic violence or some kind of abuse, as it is claimed by a Saudi Arabian human rights group, ?
Facebook which has allowed such a sale through its website ?
A man who has dared to sell his own son ?