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In Becheve, a community in Cross River State Nigeria, the lives and dignity of young females have been subjected to gross abuse.

A practice popularly known as Money woman is a traditional practice where young girls including unborn ones are given out in marriage to men old enough to be their grandfather.

Despite the adoption of the human rights act by the state in 2009, this practice have not stopped.

These young girls are deprived of basic formal education and are treated as slaves by their aged husbands.

Reports have it that these young girls are dying from Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF) among other health challenges.

One of the victims, Lovelyn told us her ordeal

“They told my mother while she was carrying my pregnancy that if I came out as a female child, I would be given out to the man as his wife,” said Lovelyn.

She said: “The betrothal process began immediately she gave birth to me, although I was still with my family. It was my mother’s family that gave me out to the man because my father had died a few days after I was born.

“My bride price was paid; I think it was about N40,000 or N50,000. The man was already above 60 years and going to 70. The only attraction is always the money. Once they see some small money, they will give their daughters out to the man that desires her.”

After Lovelyn saw how most of the girls ended, she started to plan her escape.

One Pastor Richard helped her escape and she took refuge in a southwest state where she enrolled into a school.

Now a senior secondary school (SSS) pupil, she says her ambition is to go to the university to study Law.

Investigation conducted by our correspondent revealed that the case of Lovelyn has inspired many girls in the ugly arrangement to flee Becheve.

Reports have it that the wife of the governor is empowering people in that community and trying to stop this barbaric act.

I pray that this wickedness stops and these girls accomplish their dreams in life.

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