Human Traffic Watch

Naghma, the Afghan girl sold to be a child bride

In Child Marriage, Child Trafficking, Forced marriage, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 5, 2013 at 8:52 am
Naghma is too young to understand what is happening to her

Naghma is too young to understand what is happening to her

Taj Mohammad tries hard to hold back his tears as he describes the most painful decision of his life.

“I had to sell my six-year-old daughter Naghma to a relative to settle an old debt,” Mr Mohammad says, staring blankly at the tattered tarpaulin roof of his small mud shelter.

A shy girl with a smiling face, Naghma is now engaged to a boy 10 years older than her. Mr Mohammad says his daughter may have to leave for the boy’s home in Helmand’s Sangin district in a year.

His wife and mother-in-law sob inconsolably as they try to protect Naghma and her seven siblings from the harsh Afghan winter outside.

“Everyone in the family is sad,” says Naghma’s grandmother, who was herself a child bride. “We cry. We are in pain. But what else could we do?” she asks before answering her own question.

“The relatives wanted their money back. Taj couldn’t pay, so he was forced to give them Naghma.”

Source: BBC


  1. Such an awful story, yet so common.

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