Child Marriage Around the World: USA — Ashley

Hoping to prevent her older boyfriend from being jailed for statutory rape, Ashley Duncan, then 15 and pregnant, married him. Now 25, and separated for several years but unable to afford a divorce, she is a stay-at-home mom helping to raise two sons from her estranged marriage and her boyfriend’s two young sons.

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