Britain issues alert for rise in forced marriages during school holidays
LONDON (AFP) - The British government on Saturday warned teachers, doctors and airport staff to be on alert for a rise in forced marriages over the school summer holidays.
Summer marks a peak in reports of young people - mainly girls - being taken abroad on "holiday", not knowing their families are forcing them into a marriage, the Interior Ministry said.
Britain's Forced Marriage Unit dealt with some 1,500 cases last year, a third of them involving children aged under 17. In nearly half the cases, the victims were taken to Pakistan.
"The rise in forced marriage reports over the school holidays is shocking," said Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne.