Saudi Woman's Plea for Help Exposes Risks Runaways Face

A young Saudi woman's plea for help after she was stopped in an airport in the Philippines en route to Australia where she planned to seek asylum has triggered a firestorm on social media and drawn attention to the plight of female runaways. For runaway Saudi women, fleeing can be a matter of life and death, and they are almost always doing so to escape male relatives. Under Saudi Arabia's conservative interpretation of Islamic law, a male guardianship system bars women from traveling...

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