The United States says it is investigating reports of child brides among Afghan evacuees who were compelled to marry older men to escape the country following the Taliban's takeover.
The Associated Press reported there are serious concerns that some young Afghan girls might have been forced into marriages.
US officials sent a diplomatic cable to Washington warning that some of the evacuees are child brides or otherwise sexually abused.
This was further brought to light by officials familiar with the situation, who said Afghan girls at a transit site in Abu Dhabi have come forward with allegations that they were raped by older men they were forced to marry to escape Afghanistan.
Report said that the refugees board a bus at Dulles International Airport that will take them to a processing center after being evacuated from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on August 31, 2021 in Dulles, Virginia.
Officials in the United Arab Emirates and in Wisconsin also confirmed witnessing incidents in which the minors were presented to authorities as "wives" of much older men.
NewsWeek reports that while child marriage is not uncommon in Afghanistan, the United States has strict policies against human trafficking that include prosecutions for offenders and sanctions for countries that encourage it.