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A BBC News Arabic investigation filmed undercover in Baghdad and Karbala exposes a secret world of sexual exploitation of children and young women by a religious elite.

A BBC News Arabic investigation filmed undercover in Baghdad and Karbala, some of Iraq's holiest shrines, exposes a secret world of sexual exploitation of children and young women by a religious elite. In this second episode, the investigation reveals that some clerics don’t just make money from illegal 'pleasure marriages'; they actively recruit girls and even pimp them out. A 16-year-old alleges she has been pimped out by a cleric to dozens of men, while secret filming catches a cleric in the act of pimping a young woman. A young widow also tells how a cleric from an important shrine sold her to his friends in a prostitution ring.

30 minutes

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Reporter Nawal Al-Maghafi

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