A report from the State Department indicates that human trafficking is on the rise in Egypt, where the Islamist Muhammad Morsi was recently elected president.
Dubbed “summer marriages,” the practice involves poor Egyptian families effectively selling their young daughters to wealthy tourists from Gulf countries for a certain period of time, according to the report.
After the union expires, the men return home and usually fail to acknowledge that the women– and any resulting offspring– even exist. If they do acknowledge their former brides, it is often only to enlist them into domestic servitude back in the Gulf, reports indicate.
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The Independent elaborates:
The marriages are [organized] by intermediaries who link wealthy men, mainly from Saudi Arabia, with poor families with young daughters, for commission. The foreign “husbands” give families money and presents akin to a dowry, with the “bride price” ranging between the equivalent of £320 and £3.200.
…The report found that children involved in the temporary marriages suffer both sexual servitude and forced labour as servants to their “husbands.”
the blazes page
full report here
seems everywhere theres been the arab spring , these summer marriages to children are growing in popularity
but hey we been funding it all so why complain right ??