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Fears arise over abuse and kidnapping of girls in earthquake zone in Morocco


Sources: Paudal, Al Jazeera

Journalists in Morocco have highlighted that women and girls are in danger of abduction and abuse during the fallout of the recent catastrophic earthquake.

A series of posts on social media have drawn this concern, which promoted the abduction and marriage of underage girls from Morocco.

This activity on social media has drawn the alarm of activist groups and the Moroccan government, who conclude that would-be sexual predators are using the disaster as an opportunity to take advantage of vulnerable persons, some using the guise of volunteering to provide aid as a means of access in order to groom young women and girls for exploitation.

Click on the above links for the original reports on this matter by Paudal and Al Jazeera, including insight from correspondents based in Morocco.