Unusual: 14-year-old girl went to jail for not marrying for money

The little girl ran away to avoid being sold and married to a 16-year-old in exchange for about $ 10,000

A 14-year-old girl who refused to marry a boy who was also a minor was jailed for several hours by community police from an indigenous town in the Mexican state of Guerrero (south), human rights defenders reported on Wednesday.

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The youngest, identified as Anayeli “N”, she had run away to avoid being sold and married to a 16-year-old in exchange for about $ 10,000 that would be paid to his family that lives in Joya Real, in the municipality of Cochoapa el Grande, one of the poorest in the country.

Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, explained that the minor was imprisoned for 14 hours after being captured on Monday night by community policemen from Joya Real, with about 600 inhabitants and where the so-called uses and customs prevail.

Another minor was also released who agreed to receive Anayeli at his home after she escaped to avoid getting married.. Municipal and state authorities were asked “to give protection to the two minors,” Barrera Hernández explained.

The release came after a dialogue was established between community authorities and lawyers from the Tlachinollan Center, supported by personnel from the state prosecutor’s office, elements of the national guard and the local defense attorney.

Yes OK marriage between minors in Mexico was prohibited by law in 2019In indigenous communities of Mexico that are governed by uses and customs, these unions continue to occur. Just last October 9, another 15-year-old girl from the state of Guerrero, identified as Angélica “N”, was arrested because she fled because her father-in-law tried to rape her.

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This minor was forced to marry a man who lives in the United States in exchange for about $ 6,000.


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