In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. Activists are arrested for fighting the practice. The government denies it exists. Moulkheir Mint Yarba (below) escaped slavery in 2010. She has asked the Mauritanian courts to prosecute her slave masters. "I demand justice," she says, "justice for my daughter that they killed and justice for all the time they spent beating and abusing me." Read her incredible story as part of CNN's Freedom Project.
Slavery's last stronghold - CNN.com Mauritania by the numbers Slavery Population: 3.4 million Percentage living in slavery: 10% to 20% Enslaved population: 340,000 to 680,000 Year slavery was abolished: 1981 Year slavery became a crime: 2007 Convictions against slave owners: One http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/world/mauritania.slaverys.last.stronghold/
Someone needs to explain to me how birth control, woman's right to choose and all of this social stuff is even a discussion in the year 2012....To quote Hector Elizondo in the classic movie Private Resort, "Morons everywhere. Morons" via Huffington Post