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Bethany Vierra, 31 (left), has been trapped in Saudi Arabia thanks to the country's "guardianship" laws that give her ex-husband the power to bar her from returning to the US. Riyadh, where Vierra lives, is pictured on the right.

The American woman whose ex-husband wouldn’t let her leave Saudi Arabia was granted legal residency, letting her travel and use her bank account...

Bethany Vierra said that within hours of The New York Times publishing a story about her case, Saudi officials granted her residency.
A composite image, from left to right, of Saudi refugee Shahad Mohaimeed; Bethany Vierra, the US citizen trapped in Saudi Arabia; and ex-Saudi Rahaf Mohammed.

Saudi Arabia’s repressive guardianship laws are trapping these women in desperate situations they have little chance of escaping

The latest is US citizen Bethany Vierra, who divorced her Saudi husband in 2018 but is trapped in the kingdom because he won't let her leave.
A Saudi woman takes photographs with her mobile phone in Dec. 2018.

An American woman trapped in Saudi Arabia has few options for escape because of divorce laws that give men near-complete control

Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship laws, every women must have a male guardian who decides all of their critical decisions, from obtaining a passport to travel.
Bethany Vierra, 31 (left), has been trapped in Saudi Arabia thanks to the country's "guardianship" laws that give her ex-husband the power to bar her from returning to the US. Riyadh, where Vierra lives, is pictured on the right.

An American woman has been trapped in Saudi Arabia with her 4-year-old daughter because her ex-husband still has ‘guardianship’ over her a...

Bethany Vierra may have divorced her Saudi husband, but he still has control over whether she can leave the country, thanks to local laws.
A composite photo of Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Google CEO Sundar Pichai (R.)

‘Grotesque’: Marco Rubio leads intense criticism of Google for refusing to pull down Saudi government app that lets men track and control ...

The app — called Absher — has been the subject of intense protest since INSIDER reported its existence. Google has rejected calls to stop hosting it.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Apple CEO Tim Cook promises to investigate the Saudi app branded ‘abhorrent’ for allowing men to track women

Tim Cook told NPR that Apple would 'look' at the Absher app, which Sen. Ron Wyden said should be removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in May 2017.

A US Senator has demanded that Apple and Google remove a Saudi Arabian government app that allows men ‘abhorrent’ control over women’...

Ron Wyden, the senior US Senator for Oregon, wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai after INSIDER highlighted concerns over the app.