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Afghan Evacuation Raises Concerns About Child Trafficking

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In this Aug. 31 , 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Army, Afghan children take a piece of chalk at a children's activity event held by non-governmental charities at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. U.S. officials are looking into reports that in the frantic evacuation of desperate Afghans from Kabul, older men were admitted together with young girls they claimed as “brides” or otherwise sexually abused. One internal document seen by The Associated Press says the State Department has sought “urgent guidance” from other agencies after purported child brides were brought to Fort McCoy. (Spc. Rhianna Ballenger/U.S. Army via AP)

(AP) — U.S. officials are looking into reports that in the frantic evacuation of desperate Afghans from Kabul, older men were admitted together with young girls they claimed as “brides” or otherwise sexually abused.

U.S. officials at intake centers in the United Arab Emirates and in Wisconsin have identified numerous incidents in which Afghan girls have been presented to authorities as the “wives” of much older men.

One internal document described to The Associated Press by officials familiar with it says Afghan girls have alleged they have been raped by older men they were forced to marry in order to escape Afghanistan.

 

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