According to several reports, many of the nearly 180 school girls recently in abducted in Nigeria by the radical Islamic group Boko Haram have been sold as child brides for as little as $12. Two weeks ago, the militants—who frequently target Christians, churches and school children—kidnapped the girls in the northeast part of the country. Since then, at least two have died and others been have trafficked out of the country. The militant group, whose name literally means “Western education is forbidden,” has been growing in power in the country.

Authorities believe that they are responsible for the bombing of bus station that killed 75 people in the nation’s capital the day of the abductions. Authorities in Nigeria are still looking for the missing girls, but frustration is growing over the military’s ineffectiveness at fighting Boko Haram. There are some reports that the group is demanding a ransom in exchange for freeing the rest of the abducted girls …