Sold into marriage at age 12

Sold into marriage at age 12


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In many traditional Roma communities, young girls and boys are forced into marriages arranged by their families. Traditionally, the young girl moves in with her husband's family and begins taking on household duties, guided by her mother-in-law. In the Roma community of Babadag, Romania, these arranged marriages are a common practice. When she was 12, Bairam Geta's family sold her to into marriage. Community and family pressures are so great on these children to marry, that it is a difficult practice to change.

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