Child Marriage Around the World: Mexico — Estrella

Estrella was in the sixth grade when Hendrin insisted, with the urgency of young love, that they spend the rest of their lives together. On Aug. 25, 2018, over the initial objections of their parents, Estrella Belen Estrada Rodriguez married Hendrin Gonzalez Melchor and settled at his family’s small ranch in the poor, southern state of Chiapas. She was 13. He was 15.

Voice of America reporters around the world focused on the worth of a girl to reveal how a young bride is valued by two families: the one she leaves behind and the one she joins. Explore the full project