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Sold into marriage: how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia

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A growing number of Rohingya women fleeing Myanmar are becoming victims of human traffickers who sell women and girls to Rohingya men as brides

By Rozanna Latiff and Ebrahim Harris

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her.

The teenager, who is not being named by Reuters because she is still only 13, is like hundreds of Rohingya girls escaping persecution, violence and apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, only to be sold into marriage to Rohingya men in neighbouring Malaysia, migrant groups and community members said.

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