Attorney Kimberley Motley, who brokered a deal to save a 6-year-old Afghanistan girl from becoming a child bride, continued to discuss the case with msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell after the show.
It’s a frequent problem, according to her research. She found more than 30% of girls under 18 that she surveyed within Afghan jails are either married or engaged. In the case of Naghma Mohammad, her father sold her to settle debt from medical bills.
Motley pointed out his extreme financial struggles. He “had no home, he had nine kids, one of his kids just died… he didn’t have a job,” she said. “His hands were really really tied.”
Motley told O’Donnell she’s “happy” and thankful” so many tried to help return Naghma to her family. “There are so many kind people in the world that are willing to help him out because he needed help – and more importantly, Naghma needed to be protected.”