Female Moroccan porters use trolleys to transport bundles of goods across the Al-Tarajal border from Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta into Morocco, on April 12, 2018. AFP / FADEL SENNA
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It's a form of hard labor that has provoked an outcry – Moroccan women bent double, overburdened by goods approaching or exceeding their own body weight. For years, thousands of such porters have crossed the border every day into Ceuta, a Spanish enclave perched on the northernmost tip of Morocco.But now an initiative aims to ease the burden by encouraging the women – who are paid to exploit an anomaly in Moroccan law that exempts items carried by pedestrians from duties – to use trolleys.Ceuta emerged as a military and commercial port under Spanish rule dating back to the fifteenth century.For the past five years, Najat has been entering the Spanish enclave twice a week, arriving back several hours later with bundles of goods.At dawn, a group of 100 women were the first to cross the frontier to a commercial zone just inside the Spanish enclave.
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