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Underage Girls Are Egypt's Summer Rentals

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Each year, in El Hawamdia and other impoverished rural communities across Egypt, thousands of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 are sold by their parents to wealthy, much older Gulf Arab men under the pretext of marriage. The sham nuptials may last from


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Animae C (509)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:12 am
“It’s cultural norms that support this illicit trade..."
The poor poor children!

pam w (139)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:19 am
When the figurehead of your religion ''marries'' a nine-year-old girl, it sets a nice precedent for pedophilia, doesn't it?

Alice C (1797)
Monday August 5, 2013, 9:27 am
My mother told me about this problem when I was young. It's been going on for years and should be stopped.

. (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:02 am
Arab society and culture has become a mass of contradictions, and outright stupidity. To actually say:"It's in the best interest of the girls and the family at large." is such an incredible statement. how does one begin to debate this?

Jim Phillips (3247)
Monday August 5, 2013, 11:59 am
A disgusting sham...
Laws are needed to these underage girls from being exploited.

Ty, Cal.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 12:38 pm
As long as women are considered nothing, things like this will happen. You can see the start in this country, with taking away women's rights.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday August 5, 2013, 12:39 pm
You can justify just about anything in the name of religion too. A reduction in certain portions of the human populace might just be what is necessary; sad to say.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:11 pm
Welcome to Egypt.......

Jen S (121)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:21 pm
The child is reduced to an exploitable commodity... how does an outside culture combat a practice ingrained in a millenia of religion? The pedophiles and the males who sell these children are beneath contempt. There are in this world some practices even a tolerant person cannot accept in the name of religion.

Andre Yokers (6)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:28 pm
This is saddening and I hope it stops!

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:29 pm
Noted with sadness, thanks for highlighting this.

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 5, 2013, 2:41 pm
Outrageous. What kind of parent would ever be willing to sell their own child? My heart goes out to those poor children.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:19 pm
Sadly noted.

Beth S (330)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:21 pm

These "temporary marriages", also known as Islamically-sanctioned prostitution, where the fathers are the pimps, go on large scale in both Sunni and Shia Muslim countries.

As despicable as it is, it goes on because Islam allows it, and because Islam is dominated by men and caters to almost every lust possible.

If people only knew what else goes on.... Married men with four wives are also entitled to sex slaves. Muhammad did it, so it's okay.

One of the most grotesque ideologies in the world.

Rose Becke (141)
Monday August 5, 2013, 4:22 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday August 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
Noted. A religious patriarchy is never good for women.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:39 pm
Throw these men in jail for life!

Lindsey O (19)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:13 pm
A sad situation. And how hypocritical - to find a loophole that allows child prostitution to be called marriage. Garbage by any other name still smells as bad.

But, of course, the victims are mere females after all....

Helen Porter (39)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:26 pm
It happens in America more often than we know.

Barbara V (51)
Monday August 5, 2013, 8:02 pm
May this vermin be eradicated and cursed.

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Monday August 5, 2013, 8:16 pm
Ruin a childs lide all for the sake of sick sex and money, castrate them all, , let the cjildren live there life being a child as they should be

valda p (13)
Monday August 5, 2013, 11:04 pm
Adults that have sex with children are called -pedophiles whatever the country or culture -well civilised countries that is- disgusting that a parent sells a child -especially to some filthy old perverted goat.-shame on them.

reft h (66)
Monday August 5, 2013, 11:29 pm
their outdated cultural traditions are harmful to girls and women, who have no voice.

Colleen L (3)
Monday August 5, 2013, 11:45 pm
That is disgusting. When will men ever come to their senses, that girls/women aren't for them to sexually abuse? Thanks Cal

David C (29)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:13 am
The “dowry” that Gulf Arab men are prepared to pay for sex with young girls is a powerful magnet for impoverished Egyptian families in a country where a quarter of the population subsists on less than two dollars a day.
We see the same all over the world, when people try to live on very low pay. We need to look at why more than just saying this is bad, can you think of living every day on less then you will pay for a beer tonight, or the fact that the PC/Laptop you used to post on here cost the same as a lifetime of pay in a poor part of the world.
Yes this need to be stopped and fast.

Stan B (123)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 1:05 am
The sick, sick face of Islam. Poor girls!!! Arab Spring my ass!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 3:32 am

Frances Darcy (92)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:26 am
I do not believe this is an "arab , religious or cultural" thing. It goes on in every country where the extremely poor are exploited. A big tourist trade to the far eastern countries has sprung up .... western men hollidaying for sex with young children.British men can now be tried in British courts for these offences committed abroad.It is happening in your own country , parents doing the very same thing, passing their children around for money ,drugs, whatever only they don't dress it up as "marriage".It is very easy to see the "wrongs" in other cultures and countries and throw stones but the same thing is happening very near to home. BLAME THE DIRTY PEDOPHILES .... lock them up for ever.

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 5:58 am
TY Cal.

Jaime Alves (52)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:05 am

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:19 am
Disgusting, despicable and when will they value females? Their country could come out of the dark ages if they had equality for all.

Amy L (112)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:26 am
Having a vagina and ovaries is obviously a curse in these fabulous bitchin parts of the world. I would love to see a miracle where they could not longer have female children and only had males. Maybe that would correct some of the stigma associated with being a female.

. (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:34 am
That's disgusting! Someone needs to put a stop to this. 11 years old is too young to be married to some man twice their age.

David C (29)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 9:06 am
Amy there a old Arab saying A woman is for baby's but a boy is for fun!

Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:11 am
read & noted

Rodney Paige (44)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:06 pm
This type of activity will stop only when women and sympathetic Muslim men stand up against the devaluing of women in their society. Children are not commodities to be traded for a better way of life, they are the continuation of your family line into the future. Poor Poor girls. Still waiting for "Asalum Alaikum" to have TRUE meaning for every individual of Islamic faith.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:53 pm
Noted with sadness and a feeling of hopelessness.

Melania P (123)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 1:06 pm
Cannot believe it!! Shame shame!!!!

Athena F (131)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:42 pm
The war on women must be stopped. It is everywhere, in so many forms. So sad.
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