47% Spike in Forced Marriage Cases in Britain (Reuters, May 24th,2019)

The number of calls to the Forced Marriage Unit hit a record high. Nearly 1 in 5 calls related to a child under the age of 16 being forced to marry. Victims of forced marriage in Britain are often taken abroad to wed by their families. More than 40% of reported cases were related to Pakistan. However, the Forced Marriage Unit also has cases from Somalia, Iraq, Romania, and Britain. Figures from the Forced Marriage Unit, a U,K,government project, showed about a third of all contacts in 2018 involved someone aged under 18, and nearly 20% a child aged 15 or younger.