Former Slave Wins Lawsuit

“Nobody deserves to be enslaved,” Hadijatou Mani, 24, said. “We are all equal and deserve to be treated the same.” The London Times reports on Mani’s landmark case against Niger, where she was one of at least 40,000 slaves. Mani was first raped at 13 and forced to bear her owner three children. Eventually, she imprisoned for bigamy when her former owner refused to let her marry another man. The British organization Anti-Slavery International adopted her and she brought a suit against Niger for failing to protect her. She will be paid about ₤12,400 in compensation.