It was a summer′s day in 2008 when someone knocked at the door. Then the matter was settled: Howeida would be married to a man from Saudi Arabia for a sum of around 1750 euros. Howeida was a so-called “summer bride” – a romantic name for prostitution.
The “marriage” lasted a whole 20 days, during which Howeida was repeatedly raped. Every year, rich tourists from the Gulf states travel to Egypt and choose a girl for the summer. Her family bought a refrigerator and a washing machine with the dowry.
But if history is any indication, it is unlikely the complaints will stop Egypt’s child marriages, a practice that is also prevalent in many nations in the Middle East, Asia and in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Virginity is a sacred aspect when it comes to marriage in Egypt - or is it?
Mariam Raymone interviews men with different backgrounds to understand what they think of women who lose their virginity before marriage.
He also filed a complaint with the attorney general to investigate the incident and hold the parents accountable for this "crime," he said in a statement.
The engagement of Omar and Gharam “will only lead to an early marriage in which the girl will be deprived of equal chances to education, growth, and will isolate her from social spheres,” he said.
Herein enters the Egyptian obsession with female virginity.
It's no surprise Egyptian men prefer marrying virgins.
Hundreds of under-age Egyptian girls enter temporary marriages with rich tourists from the Persian Gulf during the summer in return for money for their families.
These unions – dubbed summer marriages – are not legally binding and end when the foreigners return to their own countries. He spoke briefly to her father and her step-mother.
"Would you like me to tell you the difference between making love to an Egyptian woman and a European woman?
" "Mike", my driver in Luxor, leaned forward and gazed sincerely in my eyes. They have sex for two minutes, just to relieve themselves, and the women lie like boards.
She is ashamed of her past and does not wish to state her real name.