U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are reportedly investigating claims by young female Afghan refugees that they were raped and forced to marry much older men in order to escape from the Taliban.
Yahoo News on Wednesday cited U.S. officials who have seen “many incidents” of older Afghan men fleeing to the West with “apparently underage wives,” and quoted from an internal report that said CBP and other agencies are investigating child-bride cases.
“U.S. officials at intake centers in the United Arab Emirates and in Wisconsin have found many incidents in which Afghan girls have been presented to authorities as the wives of much older men,” said the report from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis. DHS oversees the CBP.
“Forced or coerced ‘marriages’ are indicative of the level of desperation Afghan families are willing to consider helping loved ones escape the