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BERLIN (Web Desk) – A Syrian refugee reportedly presented his wife to smugglers as payment for his family being trafficked to Europe.

The husband, who had run out of money, allegedly let the smugglers rape his wife.

The unidentified woman, a mother-of-four, now lives in Berlin and has placed a restraining order on her husband, according to the New York Times.

The woman remains in fear of being killed by her estranged husband or another relative for bringing “dishonour” to the family.

Susanne Höhne, the lead psychotherapist at a centre in West Berlin, told the NYT said the woman displays all the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks, insomnia and trouble concentrating.

“One moment she will seem perfectly healthy, the next she is in her chair opposite you dodging bullets in Damascus or reliving her abuse in Bulgaria,” she said.

Ms Höhne also claims that almost all of the 44 women in her care have experienced sexual violence.

A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo, stay under a shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014, at Uskudar in Istanbul. More than 136,000 people have been killed in Syria's brutal war since March 2011, and millions more have fled their homes. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo, in Istanbul camp.–File photo

The incident is one of thousands unreported cases of sexual assaults on migrant women as they travel to Europe.

More than 136,000 people have been killed in Syria’s brutal war since March 2011, and millions more have fled their homes.