Police in Pakistan have arrested a man for arranging to sell his 12-year-old daughter into prostitution in a case that highlights the dramatic abuses inflicted on women and children in some segments of society.
The father, who is in custody, acknowledges handing over two of his daughters in the past but insists that he merely hoped to give away Nushin in the “name of God.”
Police allege that Khan had agreed, via a broker, to sell Nushin for 200,000 rupees to two men from Punjab Province hundreds of kilometers to the southeast.
Each of the suspects could face up to 25 years in prison, if found guilty.
Nushin, who has been placed along with her brother under police protection, tells RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that her father previously sold her mother and two older sisters.
“I already lost my mother and two sisters,” she says, shakily fighting to hold back tears. “Now he tried to sell me to two Punjabi men. I don’t know what they would have done with me.”
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