In the Becheve community of south-eastern Nigeria, an old tradition of selling off young girls as brides for money has left many young girls desolate and abandoned with no hope for their future. ‘Money-marriage’ as it is popularly known, affects girls as young as three years old. They are sold into sexual slavery, and forced into hard labor to pay off debts that their families have amassed, sometimes even before these children were born.
Missionaries and various organizations devoted to rescuing girls who have been sold off into money marriages have been threatened and warned several times to stop their work. Only a few children are rescued before they face decades of slavery and sexual exploitation, and are passed from one owner to another.
- Additional information
- Reviews (0)
Feyikemi Anifalaje- self published