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How Much is a 6-year Old Girl Worth?

Updated on April 1, 2013

It depends on what part of the world. In most countries, there is no price. No parent would ever sell or trade any girl or boy for money no matter how desperate they were. But, there are some parts of the world, maybe China, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, where parents sell their kids to survive.

In Afghanistan, one father sold his 6-year old daughter for $2500. And this happened in the city of Kabul, in a refugee camp. The father, Taj Mohammed, took out loan of some sort for that amount and was unable to repay it within a year. The original loan was, ironically, for his wife who had to go to the hospital and his other nine kids. No birth control or restraint here. Their 3-year old froze to death because they could not afford fire wood. Taj is a musician but was forced away from another province because of the war.

When the loan came due, the lender took the issue to the elders of the camp, a sort of governing body, called a jirga. The elders decided that Taj had over his girl, Naghma and forced to be married to the 17-year old son of the lender. Naghma has no clue what is happening to her.

Because the western aid is drying up for schools and camps for girls and women, the old ways of how the female is a second class thing are returning. Old habits are always the last to die. Despite the efforts of the Afghan Interior Ministry opposition because it does violate Afghan law, nothing has stopped it. There has been no intervention.

All this is a vision of things to come after there are no troops remaining in the country. The modern Afghan is built on hollow laws that are not enforced much and where tribal culture remains rooted and followed.

Taj vows to kill the teen boy who will marry his six year old daughter should he mistreat her. Why would a teen WANT to marry a first grader? I hope he does not plan to have sex with her. That would be disgusting.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Well, this story has a twist. It comes out that anonymous person actually did pay the 2500 dollars to the lender but the father swears he forgot to inform the reporter who broke the story until now. Maybe he was trying to get someone to give him the money to pay the lender, knowing full well he planned to keep it instead. Regardless, tragic.

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      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      I thought you were going to write on human trafficking. In Vietnam little girls like this go for a high price and the disgusting part is many men from the US vacation there for that reason.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      It is tragic and it seems if the Afghan is not willing to intervene, then nothing can be done.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, dear. I know these things happen but my mind that has been so sheltered from all of these horrors finds it difficult to wrap itself around such atrocity.

      What to do? What can be done? Are there answers?

      Sad and powerless is how I feel.

      Angels are on the way to you and to the families who suffer because of such inhumane treatment. ps


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