India's child brides for sale He forced himself on me. I've given your parents money, I can use you for as long as I like. Keep your mouth shut. She says she was just 12 years old when her parents sold her into a forced marriage with a man from Oman. He was aged She calls the so-called wedding night "torture. I had a childishness in me. Read More "If he had to go anywhere he would lock me from the inside, come back later and then again that torture would start," she said.
Muneera Begum, left, was sold by her mother into a sham marriage. Police say there are hundreds of cases like Begum's in Hyderabad's Old City. Young girls from poor neighborhoods, sold by their parents without their consent, to elderly tourists who come here looking for sex. In our investigation, we visited a number of shelters, meeting victim after victim, all with horrific stories of physical and sexual abuse.
These crimes involve a network of human traffickers, with agents, brokers, and clerics all part of the scheme. Preying on poor families Agents are located in several countries in the Middle East and Africa. They know brokers in Hyderabad the city with the largest Muslim population by percentage in India who approach poor families and convince them to sell their underage daughters because they need the money. The agents have clients, usually elderly men, who then travel to Hyderabad.
There, the broker shows them the girls and they choose the ones they want. Girls smuggled into China and sold as brides A religious cleric who is also a part of the criminal network then signs a wedding certificate which has no legal standing and a post-dated divorce certificate at the same time. But according to one of the most senior religious authorities in Hyderabad, Islamic law requires a girl's consent before she can be married.
After a few weeks or months of using the girl for sex, the client leaves her, never to come back. Some of the girls are gang raped. Many are given drugs by their buyers, making them helpless, unable to stop what is happening.