Despite sex and marriage tourism, Egypt has hardly become the Thailand of the Middle East.
Aisha, 20 years old, comes from the lower-class quarter of Imbaba, recently the stronghold of militant Islamists.
She blamed fashion marketing companies on social media that lure in girls who seek fame and wealth, and said she had been one of those girls as well.
She talks proudly about her four children, whom she can afford to send to school.
These unions — dubbed summer marriages — are not legally binding and end when the foreigners return to their own countries.
However if you want to pipeline before you visit, which is recommended, or try to work your way out of a dry spell while you are already here it is one of the best resources you have.
Howeida was 15 years old at the time.
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