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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Forced Marriage

Last year
2022
# modern slavery
UN warns 50 million people are stuck in 'modern slavery'
The UN set a goal to eradicate all forms of modern slavery by 2030, but instead the number ballooned by 10 million between 2016 and 2021.
All time
# Princess Haya
Estranged wife of Dubai ruler asks UK court for forced marriage protection order
The couple are locked in a legal battle in London over the welfare of their two children.
# coercive control
'Groundbreaking' domestic violence law covers psychological abuse and the views of children
The legislation gives extra support to survivors.
# Domestic Violence
The Government is finally going to outlaw forced marriages (but no one knows exactly how many take place in Ireland)
Over 400 minors were married in Ireland between 2004 and 2015, however.
# child marriage
'Two weeks ago my dad married me to a 70-year-old man who already has five wives'
In Burkina Faso, children as young as nine are being forced into marriage.
# Marriage
A loophole allowing Irish minors to marry will soon be closed
387 minors married at the age of 16 or 17 between 2004 and 2014.
# Afghanistan
Disturbing video shows young woman being stoned to death
The killing happened in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.
# Nigeria
Child bride faces death penalty over accusation she poisoned her husband
The key witness in the case is a 7-year-old girl who is the sister of the man’s other wife.
# Child brides
Young boy saves 12-year-old classmate from becoming a child bride
Sumit also saved himself – and countless others.
# Banned
Britain bans 'hidden practice' of forced marriage
The law applies not only within Britain but also makes it a criminal offence to force a British national into a marriage abroad.
# airport alert
Spoon in underwear saving some British youths from forced marriage
UK authorities warn airport staff to be vigilant for trafficked teens and charity gives advice to vulnerable that might help them attract attention to their plight.
Voices
Column: The Ohio kidnap victims are finally free but the nightmare continues for girls across the world
The horrific incarceration suffered by three US women kidnapped and held for ten years is now over, but for one girl every two seconds – torn from her family and forced into marriage – it has just begun, writes Vanina Trojan.
# Murder Trial
Shafilea Ahmed parents convicted of 'honour killing' murder
The 17-year-old’s sibling told the court she saw their parents suffocate the girl with a plastic bag.
# Forced Marriage
Britain to make forced marriage a criminal offence
David Cameron described the practice as being “little short of slavery”.