Maarib All Hishmawi, 16, ran away from home after her parents promised another man she would marry him in exchange for $20,000.
The Sheriff’s department and the FBI launched a joint investigation to find Maarib Al Hishmawi.
“Maarib Al Hishmawi has not been seen by her family, she has not been heard from by her friends, so we have come to the conclusion that this is not a typical missing 16-year-old,” BCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Ronald Bennett said during a press conference on Tuesday.
Maarib Al Hishmawi disappeared from home as she was forced into an arranged marriage. Her parents had promised a man that she would tie the knot with him in exchange for $20,000.
Maarib Al Hishmawi disappeared from Taft High School, Bexar, Texas, in January and was found safe a couple days ago.
Maarib Al Hishmawi was sheltered by an organization that found her homeless.
Maarib Al Hishmawi parents have been arrested after it was revealed that they would throw burning oil over her, beat her with a broom stick and once almost choked her to death on at least one occasion because she refused to marry a man of their choice.
Maarib Al Hishmawi’s mother Hamidiyah Sabah Al Hishmawi, 33, and father Abdulah Al Hishmawi, 34, are charged with continuous violence against their daughter in Texas.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said: ‘This young lady, at various times over that time period was subjected to some pretty bad abuse because she didn’t want to be married to this person.’
“Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused with hot cooking oil being thrown on her body, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar added.
“She was beat with broomsticks. At least at one point, she was choked to the point of unconsciousness.”
He added she was subjected to continuous violence because she said no to arrange marriage.
After the parents arrest their six children aged from 5 to 15 including Maarib Al Hishmawi were placed under Child Protective Service custody.
The pair was released yesterday on $30,000 bail each.
County Sheriff Salazar added the man who paid the $20,000 to marry Maarib will also be charged.
He described the abuse Maarib suffered was very bad and authorities are looking into if any of the other children were abused.
A detailed charge sheet will be filled soon he added.
BCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Ronald Bennett previously said Maarib was physically abused by someone she knew.
In a press conference at the time, BCSO Assistant Chief Deputy Ronald Bennett said: “I cannot speculate on who (abused her), or when, or how severe. I do understand that this has been a recurring issue for her according to some interviews.”
He said that the FBI was called in to assist in the investigation due to Al Hishmawi’s ethnicity, and helped the Sheriff’s Office navigate the language barrier.
“This young lady, at various times over that time period was subjected to some pretty bad abuse because she didn’t want to be married to this person,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said on Friday.