13 Yr Old Ran to Escape Arranged Marriage

March 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm | 3 Comments |

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The Los Angeles Times reports:

A 13-year-old Hesperia girl reported missing by her family on Feb. 22 apparently left to avoid being taken to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, medical San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday.

Detectives found Jessie Marie Bender safe and in good condition in an Apple Valley motel, doctor where she was being hidden by another family member. Jesse and her three siblings have been taken into protective custody by county social services pending the outcome of the investigation.

Bender’s mother had told detectives that her daughter did not want to go on a two-month family trip to Pakistan and ran away. She later told police her daughter may have been abducted by someone she had been corresponding with on Facebook, triggering a massive search for the teenager that included local law enforcement, the FBI, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S.Marshals Service and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and Chicago Police Department.

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  • Carney

    So many unanswered questions. Why would a girl who has no evident South Asian or Muslim heritage, and who is instead apparently solely of white / European and Christian heritage fear being forced into an arranged marriage in Pakistan? Why would her mother be scheming to make such a thing happen? Who is her father, and why is there no mention of him in the story?

    Perhaps the mother divorced the girl’s father and married a Pakistani.

    The MSM often conceals or downplays such details.

  • ProfNickD


    Yep — I tried googling the story but the authorities are keeping it hushed to the extent they can.

    It’s pretty obvious that the father is Pakistani and the stupid mother is a white American trying to please her Mooslim new husband by marrying off their daughter to one of his tribesman, probably a cousin or something. Then she perjured herself to hide the fact.

    It’s also pretty obvious that this is child trafficking in all but name only.

  • Honestly

    It could be the mother arranged the marriage of her daughter for citizenship reasons. Sometimes these arrangements come with financial incentives.