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The BBC have reported that the hashtag #RealMenDontBuyGirls has gathered huge steam online in the past few days in connection with a group of abducted girls in Nigeria. It’s reported that Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the campaign, but all is not exactly as it seems with the pics.

#realmendontbuygirls is trending in the US, Nigeria, the UK and elsewhere in Europe, with the majority of tweets calling for the release of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. It’s being used widely together with #bringbackourgirls, which has now been tweeted more than 1.6 million times all over the world.



Many of the tweets doing the rounds include images of celebrities holding signs – in this case saying, “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls”. Images of Sean Penn, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx and others are being widely shared right now, but many of these celebrity images are actually from 2011, when a campaign was started by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to fight trafficking – particularly of children – into the sex trade.


The re-adoption of the #RealMenDontBuyGirls campaign highlights just how strong global sentiment now is concerning events in Nigeria.

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(Images and source – BBC News)


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