Girls Sold As Sex Slaves To Aged, Wealthy Arabs- A CULT MUSLIM CULTURE AS ITS PROPHET STARTED
Kilian Kleinschmidt, the head of the UN-run Zaatari camp in northern Jordan, toldIBTimes UK ,JOURNALIST that unscrupulous individuals took advantage of the lawlessness plaguing the camp soon after it was set up in 2012, to prey on vulnerable families.
The risk of sexual violence was so great that Syrian girls and women felt unsafe using the toilets and communal kitchens. In some instances they refused to leave the tents they shared with their families, according to a 2013 Unicef report.
Foreigners, mainly men from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states in their 50s, 60s and 70s, began focusing on Jordan in their search for a teenage bride at a cheap price as also they do in Indian's Kerala state and Hyderabad.
Kazal, an 18 year old from Homs, said she was married off to a 50-year-old man from Saudi Arabia who paid her family about $3,100.
"We weren't happily married. He treated me like a servant, and didn't respect me as a wife. He was very strict with me. I'm happy that we're divorced," she told the BBC.
"I agreed to it so I could help my family. When I got engaged I cried a lot. I won't get married for money again."
Kleinschmidt said access to outsiders has since been restricted and security at Zaatari has greatly improved. The teenage girl market in the camp has come to an end.
Thousands of Syrian families live scattered across the city. Syrian children play ball under a spring sun in the craggy streets of historic and impoverished central neighbourhoods such as Kurtulus and Dolpdere.
Umberto Bacchi in Istanbul is the author of this article in IBTIMES