Forced Marriages And Prostitution

In most underdeveloped cultures of the world forced marriages are daily experiences. This affects the girl child more than it does the boy child. Daughters are married off in their tender ages so that the fathers can get wealth in form of dowry. In Kenya for example, among the Maasai community, girls are not taken to school because this community believes that they are meant to be married off as soon as they reach puberty. They are forcefully sent away by their fathers to become second, third and even fourth wives of men who are much older than them.

‘In northern Nigeria and some parts of Togo, girls are donated to priests and are forced to live as wives and submit sexually to shrine priests in return for protection for their families (Benninger-Budel and Lacroix 1999). In Thailand it is believed that it is the daughter’s duty to sacrifice herself in order t safe the family from poverty. Poor families send their children to work as commercial sex workers so that they can the family some livelihood.

In many parts of the world prostitution is considered as a source of income. Prostitution which is more often than not caused by poverty worsens the situation because of the risks involved. The victims are at risk of contacting sexually transmitted diseases consequently training the family income. Some die and those who survive are likely to experience problems during child bearing. More others girls are hired as domestic workers where they are abused both sexually and physically by their employers or employer’s relatives.