Afghan Women Held on ‘Moral Crimes’

    Afghan women walk during a rainy hour in Qalay-e-Naw, Badghis province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)

    Hoshang Hashimi / AP Photo

    Wanting a better life may have landed some of these women in jail. According to a report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch, hundreds of women in Afghanistan face prison time if they try to escape domestic abuse, sex trafficking, or rape. Premarital sex is considered a crime punishable by imprisonment in the country, as is running away from abuse. “From the first time I came to this world my destiny was destroyed,” one 17-year-old girl forced into prostitution told the rights group.

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