Everything you need to know about the kidnapped Nigerian girls


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Demonstrators demand the government rescue the kidnapped school girls during a protest on May 5.  Demonstrators demand the government rescue the kidnapped school girls during a protest on May 5. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

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Sadly, this is just one episode in a global epidemic. Right now, some 30 million people live in slavery.


It is potentially the largest human trafficking crime in recent history: Somewhere between 230 and 276 young women ages 16 to 18 are missing in northern Nigeria. They have been missing for nearly a month, since April 14.

Here, everything you need to know about this sickening tale:

Who took the girls?
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility. The group operates in northeast Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon. The group, whose name literally means “Western education is forbidden/sinful,” and which came into existence in 2002, seeks to reconstitute Nigeria as a Muslim state under Sharia, and reverse what they see as trends toward “westernization.”

Boko Haram has been particularly…

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