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Georgia Dad Charged in Daughter's 'Honor Killing'

Pakistani-born man denies strangling daughter who wanted divorce

(Newser) - A Pakistani-born Georgia man appeared in court yesterday accused of strangling his daughter with a bungee cord after she filed for divorce, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The man's wife told police that he had argued with his 25-year-old daughter over her plans to end her arranged marriage. The father maintains...

Divorcee, 8, Tells of Abuse in Yemen

Girl 'cried so much but no one listened'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl granted a divorce by a Yemeni court last week has described how she ran from "room to room" to escape her 30-year-old husband until he "beat me and then did what he wanted," reports ABC News. "I cried so much, but no one...

More Afghan Families Using Girls to Pay Debt

Farmers hit by crop woes give daughters as 'opium brides'

(Newser) - Besieged by debt, more Afghan farmers are paying lenders by handing over their girls as "loan brides," Newsweek reports. Often taken from their families forever, the girls—some younger than 5 years old—are commonly beaten or pushed to suicide by their fate. "My heart is still...

South Koreans Turn to Cambodia to Buy Wives

Government decries 'human trafficking' on rise after Vietnam crackdown

(Newser) - A clampdown on marriage brokers in Vietnam has made neighboring Cambodia the new destination for South Korean men seeking to buy wives, the AP reports. About 2,500 Cambodian women have married Koreans this way in the past four years in a process in which men choose from as many...

Polygamist Boss Ordered Girl to 'Surrender' to Husband

Jeffs charged with rape as an accomplice

(Newser) - Polygamist Warren Jeffs was accused yesterday of ordering a 14-year-old girl to surrender to her older cousin in an arranged marriage. That amounts to rape as an accomplice, prosecutors charged in the first day of Jeffs' trial. Church members consider their leader “God on Earth" who could only be...

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