A marriage that happens without the agreement of one or either of the people getting married:
A forced marriage is a criminal offence
The victims of forced marriage
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Too Young To Wed: In rural Bangladesh parents often regard their daughters as a financial burden. Marrying off girls as young as 10 has become a cultural norm, despite child marriage being illegal.
“I want to be so many things when I grow up. I want to be a doctor so I can help people”, says Beezly, a 13-year-old schoolgirl. But her parents have other plans for their daughter: they have arranged to wed her to a man twice her age. The illicit ceremony is conducted in a secret location to avoid police attention. Her new husband has no time for her aspirations. “A good wife takes care of me when I come home from my shop. She will make me food and get along with my parents”. Beezly’s story is typical of young girls in Bangladesh, which has the highest child marriage rate in Asia. But not everyone is happy with the status quo. Keshab Roy’s niece poisoned herself when her family tried to force her into marriage. “I keep thinking of her. Why isn’t she here? How many more girls are going to die like this?” he asks. He now tries to convince families not to force young daughters into marriage, and organises cinema screenings to broadcast his message to a wider audience. Yet without a more fundamental challenge to the value placed on girls, it will be an uphill battle to break the cycle.
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Summer holidays are the peak time for young people to be taken overseas and forced into marriage. In some cases they are taken on what they have been told is a holiday to visit family abroad, but in fact a marriage has been planned. Once abroad, victims are often even more isolated than they might have been in the UK and getting help is more difficult.
Remind young people to speak up if they think they or someone they are close to are in danger.
14 When American girls are forced into marriage abroad, the U.S. can do little to rescue them
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Angel was 13 when her mother forced her to marry and start a family. “I felt like a slave,” she says of her childhood.
While countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and El Salvador have recently banned child marriage, it remains legal in the US – and half of states have no set minimum age below which you cannot get married.
For the BBC’s America First? series the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool is exploring health and social issues where the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in international rankings.
Video by Franz Strasser; produced by Ashley Semler
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Content notice: Human trafficking, rape, abuse
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“I was bought like an animal.”
Alima Bonsa bravely shared her story on June 18, 2020, alleging that she was trafficked from Burkina Faso and taken to the US. Once there, she says she was forced to work backbreaking work on a farm after her trafficker brought the rest of her family. Share her story and take action today.
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