Boko Haram, literally translated means, "Western Education is sinful", is an Islamic Extremist group which claims that it is against God's law for girls to be educated. The group has claimed that the girls are slaves, and said, "By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace!" The United States claimed that it has not received any request to assist the Nigerian government, but Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the U.S. would help in any way possible.
It is feared that some of the abducted girls may have been forced to marry their kidnappers while others were sold for the traditional "bride price" of $12. Shekau also said, "They are slaves and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them."
Shekau has no fear of retribution or of the authorities as he claims that he has done nothing wrong. The international community is starting to take notice, but each day that passes means the likelihood that more and more of the girls will never be rescued.