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Gabon struggles to stem the tide of child trafficking

AFP, LIBREVILLE

A judge, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some of his peers have overlooked certain abuses on the grounds that child labor was an old social tradition and less criminal than child marriage.

Traffickers or their colleagues also often try to bribe magistrates when they are caught, he said.

“Some judges are turning this fight against child trafficking into a money-making machine,” he said.

In the meantime, the practice of child exploitation continues.

“I know many people who employ children at home. They know it’s illegal, but a child costs less,” a Cameroonian living in Libreville said.

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