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Mauritania Jails Slave-Owner for 20 Years in Country's Harshest Ruling

Two slave-owners in Mauritania face 10 and 20 years in prison after a court handed down the country's harshest anti-slavery ruling yet, activists said Friday. The West African country criminalized slavery in 2007 and this was the third-ever prosecution. In past cases, slave-owners were sentenced to two to five years. "This is a big victory," Jakub Sobik of Anti-Slavery International told Reuters. "The sentences are quite high and in line with the law, which is by no...

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