Jesmin (16)

Photographer's Name
Jouk Oosterhof

Every year worldwide, 12 million girls under the age of eighteen get married; many of them are even much younger. In Bangladesh, child marriage is prohibited by law but the law is not well enforced and child marriages occur on a large scale. The older the girl, the more her parents must pay for the dowry which only makes it worse. 

Jesmin is photographed anonymously to protect her safety.

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