Parents in Hyderabad are SexTrafficking Their Daughters’ Into Pretense “Marriages” for a Night

This photo is not of Tasleema. It is 14-year-old child bride Laxmi from Kamkheda village, in Rajasthan, on her wedding day on May 7, 2011.

Tasleema is a 14 year old school girl from the city of Hydrebad in India, whose mother sold her in “marriage” to 61-yer-old man from Oman for $700. Tasleema had got ready for school, when her mother took her to this man’s apartment and told her that she’d be getting “married” to him immediately.  She was also “divorced” the same day.  Her mother left Tasleema in the hotel for two nights during which time the man raped her repeatedly.  Tasleema who was in great pain from the repeated sexual assault managed to call her uncle for help who got the man and her mother arrested.

But Tasleema was thrown out of the family home because they said she had brought them shame. Her 16-year-old sister Naseem was also thrown out for supporting her. Tasleema’s school expelled her.

Tasleema says “If I had known that my mother would have also been arrested, I would have never called my uncle. I didn’t want any trouble for her … it was so painful that I didn’t know what else to do.”

Taslima’s case is not unique. Wealthy men from Arab countries started coming here since the 1970s, looking into poor Muslim neighborhoods in Hyderabad to buy “virgin brides” who are as young as 11 or 12.  But over the past few years this city has become a child sextrafficking market with parents bargaining away their underage girls for a few days of “marriage.”  A “husband” pays between $500 and $1,500 for a “wife.” The money is shared by the girl’s family, the marriage broker and the qazi, the Muslim judge who performs the wedding.

Full report here

Also see link below on a tradition of sextrafficking of girls by their families in certain communities like the Bedia in India. These girls are not allowed to get married, but support the family for as long as they can.

Yet another form of sextrafficking in India is “bride trafficking” where girls are sold by their parents to families of men who can’t find brides because the sexratio for girls in their region has dropped so much.  These girls are gang raped by all the men in the family they marry into, used for reproduction and then resold are “brides” to other families. Below is the link to our post on this


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