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men within the community who are taking advantage of females who are in a very vulnerable position:

I usually say. When they come, I offer some money and take them into the back room. They arrive in a burka; they leave in a burka − no one is suspicious. I get what I want, and they get money for the children.’ (Seierstad, 2008, p. 124).

Mansur unwittingly unveils a torrid tale of abuse that is occurring within the community and is aghast to find that a close friend of his who he respected and adored manipulates various women within society to use and abuse them for his own means:

‘I take off the veil, the dress, the sandals, trousers. Having got there, it is too late for regret. It would be useless to scream, because if anyone