Human Traffic Watch

Gamal Eid: Syrian women’s marriage to Egyptian men is human trafficking

In Forced marriage, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm
An Egyptian “marriage company” advertising facilitation in marrying “ethical” veled and face-veiled women, both Egyptian and Syrian. Marriage companies are common in Egypt, but the availability of Syrian women is a new trend, following the influx of Syrian refugees to Egypt.(Photo courtesy of The National Council of Women in Egypt has condemned the trend

An Egyptian “marriage company” advertising facilitation in marrying “ethical” veled and face-veiled women, both Egyptian and Syrian. Marriage companies are common in Egypt, but the availability of Syrian women is a new trend, following the influx of Syrian refugees to Egypt.
(Photo courtesy of The National Council of Women in Egypt has condemned the trend

Gamal Eid, director of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), stated that the marriage of Egyptian males to female Syrian refugees in exchange for money is a form of human trafficking.

The National Council for Women (NCW) sent two letters to Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim and Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki on Thursday requesting the ministries’ intervention in combatting this phenomenon.

Eid stated that such marriages taking place is a political disaster. “It’s disastrous that female refugees fleeing their warring country would meet such treatment in Egypt,” he said.

In a statement released on Thursday, the NCW cited a memorandum sent last week to President Mohamed Morsi by the International Union for Egyptian Women, calling for immediate intervention to stop such marriages.

The union stated that Syrian women are made available for marriage to Egyptian men in exchange for EGP 500 per wife, adding that such marriages are especially abundant in 6th of October City, 10th of Ramadan City, and New Cairo, as well as the Alexandria, Al-Daqahleya and Al-Gharbeya governorates. In one year 12,000 marriages have taken place, the union claimed.

The phenomenon has expanded to Facebook pages offering Syrian women for marriage. One particular page, “Syrian girls for marriage in Egypt”, links the marriage to Islamic religion and describes them as offering a helping hand to struggling girls and widows.

Source: Daily News Egypt

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