Cases of Forced Marriage Investigated in the UK

The Forced Marriage Unit in the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office investigates up to 1,500 cases a year.

Nearly half of the cases of forced marriage investigated involve marriages with individuals in Pakistan. 11 percent of the cases involve Bangladesh, and 8 percent involve India. The remaining cases are spread out to over 50 different countries.

The unit reported that the youngest victim that they have come across who was forced into marriage was two years old.

Source:  Andy McSmith, “Girls escape forced marriage by concealing spoons in clothing to set off metal detectors at the airport,” Independent, August 15, 2013.