The United States Department of State found that hundreds of underage girls in Egypt enter temporary marriages with wealthy tourists in return for monetary payments to their families.
These marriages, called “Summer Marriages,” are not legally binding.
The wealthy men, usually from Saudi Arabia, pay the families between $500 to $5,000 as a type of dowry for the bride. After the summer is over, the girl returns to her family.
These arrangements are often organized by marriage brokers or the girl’s parents.
Source: Milena Veselinovic, “Scandal of ‘summer brides’,” Independent, July 15, 2012.