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Forced marriage


A businessman has become the first person in the UK to be prosecuted under forced marriage laws introduced a year ago.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was jailed after making a 25-year-old woman marry him under duress last year. He has been jailed for 16 years at Cardiff Crown Court for seven charges including forced marriage, rape and bigamy. Read the full story

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Forced marriage


Schools will soon be out, and the long summer break is the time when many girls will fly, unsuspecting, to Africa, the Middle East and parts of the Far East, ostensibly for a holiday, but in fact to be forcibly married.

A forced marriage is described as one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage but are coerced into it by physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional pressure. The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor. Read the full story

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