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In Iraq, religious ‘pleasure marriages’ are a front for child prostitution

WorldNews Sunday, 6 October 2019
In Iraq, religious ‘pleasure marriages’ are a front for child prostitutionI’m walking through the security cordon that leads into Kadhimiyah, one of Shia Islam’s holiest sites. I’m in a queue, along with dozens of pilgrims who have come from all over the world to pay their respects to the shrine of Imam Kadhim. At the gate, a female security guard pats me down and looks into my handbag, a reminder that the story I’m reporting on here isn’t going to be easy. As I walk around the market stalls surrounding the shrine, I notice the many “marriage offices” dotted around the...
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