More than a dozen women protest in Egypt over legalized tourism marriages

More than a dozen women took to the streets in Egypt on Tuesday protesting against a passed bill that legalized tourism marriages.

 

The bill, which was meant to comply with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, states that foreign men would have to pay about seven thousand US dollars in investment certificates at the National Bank of Egypt if they wanted to marry a woman who was twenty five years or more younger than themselves.

 

Human rights activists said that this bill allows girls as young as eleven to be married off to older men and used as prostitutes or for forced labor while their parents profit off the sale of the child.

 

Activists said that some young girls given to older men will be sold up to sixty times in summer marriages before they reach the age of eighteen. Now with the blessing of the ministry of justice.

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