Syrian families in Turkey marrying off ‘underage daughters for money amid coronavirus crisis’, campaigners warn
The Secretary General of ECPAT Türkiye and Child10 2020 Awardee, Ezgi Yaman, has been interviewed about trafficking of Syrian girls into forced marriages in Turkey.
“The Turkish government does not collect data on Syrian girls being married to Turkish men or on child trafficking. Under Covid-19, it has been hard to reach children from Syrian families. At least they were going to school before, where there were protection measures and teachers could report issues to us. Domestic violence, sexual violence and child exploitation have increased during coronavirus because of chaos and people having less money and because everyone is at home all the time during the lockdown.”