An exploit exploited wife is worth an enormous sum of money if the exploit is exploited by the wrong person, according to a report published Thursday.
The report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said that exploiting an exploited wife as a means of exploitation in Saudi Arabia is illegal, but the punishment of the husband is only an option for women in the kingdom who cannot pay off their husbands.
The findings come as Saudi Arabia faces a wave of international condemnation for the death of a young woman, Fahr-Al-Jafari, who was allegedly killed in a crackdown on her husband.
The 19-year-old had gone missing on December 3, 2015.
She was found dead the next day in her home in the Eastern Province.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior said on Friday that Fahr Al-Jabari had been taken to the city of Jeddah for questioning.
Her family said she had been kidnapped and forced to marry a Saudi man.
The couple were married in a hospital in Jedda, but her body was not recovered until January, according the NBS.
The NBS also said that in some cases, women are sold into marriage in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Qatar and Tunisia.