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Scandal of young Iraqi girls sold for sex in temporary 'pleasure marriages' that can last as little as an hour - as one Shia cleric claims it is 'no problem at all' to wed a nine-year-old

Scandal of young Iraqi girls sold for sex in temporary 'pleasure marriages' that can last as little as an hour - as one Shia cleric claims it is 'no problem at all' to wed a nine-year-old

Country: 
Iraq
News Date: 
04/10/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 
  • Shia clerics were filmed offering brief marriages in a BBC documentary in Iraq
  • One claimed there was 'no problem at all' with 'marrying' girls as young as nine 
  • Undercover With The Clerics - Iraq’s Secret Sex Trade is on BBC iPlayer 

Young Iraqi girls are being sold for sex in temporary 'marriages' that can last as little as an hour, a  documentary has revealed.  Shia clerics were filmed offering 'pleasure marriages' in which men, usually banned from having sex outside marriage, can pay a dowry for an interim wife. One cleric claimed it would be 'no problem at all' to marry girls as young as nine under Islamic law.  The practice is banned in  but eight out of 10 Shia clerics who were approached were willing to carry it out - and one of them even offered to help procure young girls, the  investigation found.