Yes folks, what’s happening in the Islamic world is far worse than anything happening in the Catholic Church where pedophilia is concerned, because Islam approves of adult-child sexual relations. In many Muslim countries they call it marriage, but we call it rape, the sexual abuse of minors. This institutionalized form of rape was sanctioned by the founder of Islam, and central to the question of why it’s still tolerated in the Islamic world today. KGS
Little girls end up as sex slaves for Saudis
Aftenposten: Girl Children between five and 12 years old are sold to wealthy men in Saudi Arabia, where they are held as sex slaves. When they reach maturity, and many are thrown on the street and they end quickly as a prostitute.
Save the Children appeal to the Norwegian and Swedish ministers take up the issue with their Saudi counterparts, and asks private companies to take up the exploitation of children when they hit their business.
- I am not surprised by the information about the existence of such traffic to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region, particularly in light of that marriage with children is widespread and accepted, “said Sannah Johnson, regional director of the Middle East for the Swedish Save the Children.
A well-organized network of traffickers supplying the Arab market with child brides from the North African country of Mauritania, says U.S. diplomats. Retrieved as sex slaves in their thousands from Yemen, in addition to that there is an extensive sex industry in Yemen offering sex with minors to rich men from the Gulf states, the Wikileaks documents and Aftenposten Bergens Tidende has access to.
7. April 2009
An engaged woman meets an American diplomat in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott. The day after the diplomat writes a report back to Washington. To start it:
“There is an increase in reports of trafficking of child brides to Saudi Arabia. The girls, usually between five and 12 years old, married off to wealthy Saudi men in exchange for hefty price tags for brides. As soon as they arrive in Saudi Arabia, they become sex slaves of their husbands. “
The engaged woman named Aminetou Mint El Moctar. Completely on their own, she has started a campaign to get the authorities in Mauritania to take the problem seriously. She will not even answer his letters and asks why the United States take up the issue internationally. At the U.S. embassy, she finds one that finally listens.
Large sums of money
Aminetou Mint El Moctar says that traffickers seek out poor families to get them to marry off their daughters to wealthy Saudis. The younger girls are, the higher the price. A child bride can be paid with 5 – 6 million in the local currency ouguiya, equivalent to around 120 000. Local travel agencies, which in reality is a network of traffickers, organized traffic. The local agent receives a bonus paid by the girls’ future husbands. Amount of which depends on the girls’ age and beauty.
The embassy memo further states that “barnebrudene, as soon as they arrive in Saudi Arabia, the sex slaves of their husbands.” Aminetou explained that the girls, as they reach puberty and become pregnant, no longer of interest to their husbands. “They rolled on the street, and since they do not have any network, they have no other choice than to be prostitute.”
Officials from the U.S. embassy tells of a girl who for three years was locked in a room where she met with someone other than her Saudi husband and his maid. They also refer to an article in the Radio France International with a diploma from seven-year-old Mulheri exposed to traffickers and sold to Saudi Arabia.
At the same time victims of trafficking in danger of being prosecuted in Saudi Arabia. Mint El Moctar told diplomats that around 30 Mauritanian women are sentenced to imprisonment in Saudi Arabia to be a prostitute, even though they are victims of trafficking.
Mauritania has long refused to recognize the problem. Faced with U.S. diplomats have a representative of Mauritania Justice Department argued that “the trafficking of Mauritanian women do not exist and that human trafficking to Saudi Arabia is not possible because the country’s laws require that a woman can only travel accompanied by male family members.”
According to the embassy note has Aminetou Mint El Moctar told she has “received death threats and she is called” liar, a crazy woman and a traitor who destroy Mauritania reputation. “
Aminetou Mint El Moctar was honored last year by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just for his work against human trafficking and to put the problem of child brides on the agenda of the African country.
U.S. publishes reports on human trafficking in every country. About Saudi Arabia says the latest report from 2010:
“Many Saudis, including some representatives of government, continues to deny that some types of human trafficking takes place, particularly in cases involving sexual exploitation.”
Sanna Johnson in Swedish Save the Children lead the organization’s activities in the Middle East from his office in Beirut. She says that independent organizations can not escape to Saudi Arabia and that the country is very closed.
- We know well that the child workers and domestic workers are as good as legal rights in the country. They have no rights. The Kingdom has suggested that professionals employed in hospitals where women who have been victims of abuse, be received. This means that the government acknowledges that the problem exists, “says Johnson.
- There are things that are not acceptable as marriage of minors. It must be highlighted. I think the governments of Norway and Sweden should take it up with their Saudi counterparts, when the opportunity presents itself. But I also think private companies should take it up with their business partners in the country, “said Johnson.
- The large companies, such as in the arms industry, can have an extremely large impact, “she said.
Gift for a while
Johnson also refers to the widespread practice of so-called temporary marriages in the Arab countries. To circumvent the ban on sex outside marriage, included men in these countries temporary marriages with girls and young women from several countries.
There is also some evidence that the practice of child brides is becoming a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia’s quasi-rooms. Many of its citizens deplore the practice. A few examples are discussed in the country’s media:
A local judge in the town of Nejd in 2008 refused to overturn a marriage between an eight-year-old girl and her husband for fifty years. The girl’s father sold her to settle its debt to the man. A higher court granted a divorce in April 2009.
The government-affiliated Commission on Human Rights in Saudi Arabia was able to void a marriage between a 10 year old girl and a 60-year-old man.
A court in Bisha issued in October 2008, a divorce document to end a marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 70 year old man.
In January 2009, won an 11-year-old girl presented with a case to get a marriage annulled by a 75-year-old man, held by the girl’s 70 year old father.
In Saudi Arabia neighboring Yemen is the problem of sex tourism, human interest and child brides formidable. It attracted international attention when the 12 year-old Fawzia Abdullah Yousef died in childbirth 11 September 2009. She was married to a 24-year-old, only 11 years old.
According to a note from the Embassy of Yemen’s capital Sanaa, about 25 percent of all girls in the country married before the age of 15 years. Yemeni authorities have, to the United States, expressed frustration over how little Saudi Arabia is doing to combat human trafficking from Yemen to Saudi Arabia.
According to an embassy memo, thousands of children each year in Saudi Arabia, “where they face abuse and harsh living conditions.”
Local human rights groups say it was long common for Saudi Arabia imprisoned minors, and minors must also have been were decapitated. Since 2008, Saudi Arabia, however, returned several minors to Yemen, instead of taking them into custody.
That rich tourists from the Gulf states travel to Yemen to buy sex, is a public secret in Yemen. Underage prostitute working out of many of the hotels in the country.
The embassy memo states that “Saudi men travel to Yemen to establish relations with underage prostitute, sometimes in the form of temporary marriage.” One source says he knows of “at least three instances where Saudi men have married Yemeni women and then force them into prostitution in Saudi Arabia.”