|No better than selling their children into slavery|
The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is raising awareness of Forced Marriage amongst victims & professionals through Forced Marriage Awareness week. School summer holidays are a peak time for young people to be taken overseas and forced into marriage against their will. The FMU used social media to highlight this issue from 7-11 July.
Last year 40% of cases in which the FMU gave advice or support involved victims aged 17 or under. In some cases victims 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.