A 15-year-old girl from Pakistan was forced into prostitution in the U.K. by her mother-in-law, The Sunday Times of London reported.
The teen, whose name was not disclosed, arrived in the U.K. expecting to be married to a handsome and successful older man, the paper reported. Instead, she was married to a 40-year-old, unemployed, disabled man with the mental age of a 5-year-old.
The marriage was reportedly not recognized by the British Home Office, but was considered valid under sharia — or Islamic — law.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the girl’s mother-in-law then decided to take advantage of the teen’s youth and good looks by offered her to men looking for sex, The Sunday Times reported.
According to the paper, the family “invited” men to rape her.
The girl eventually escaped her husband’s family’s home and is now living in a shelter.
Her story is just one of hundreds of cases of abuse highlighted in a recent government report by the U.K.’s Center for Social Cohesion which looks at the growing trend within the Islamic and Asian communities in the U.K.