How a Spoon Can Save a Woman’s Life

Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2013 12:30 pm
Not sure what thread to put this into:
How a Spoon Can Save a Woman’s Life

Read then discuss!
Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2013 12:51 pm
The story states:

"When they go through security, it will highlight this object in a private area and, if 16 or over, they will be taken to a safe space where they have that one last opportunity to disclose they're being forced to marry."

What happens if the girl is under 16?

I think it's a great idea, however, I question why this article had to basically announce to everyone that maybe they need to be checking the underwear of any girls they are removing from the country for a forced marriage.

Like if Harriet Tubman released the names of her fellow conductors on the underground railroad.
Reply Fri 16 Aug, 2013 01:22 pm
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Reply Sat 17 Aug, 2013 04:27 am
chai2 wrote:
What happens if the girl is under 16?

They can still get help.

Ministers said there were concerns about teenagers being taken abroad thinking they were going on holiday but being forced into marriage instead.

Figures suggest cases are particularly common during the summer break.

The government's Forced Marriage Unit received 400 reports between June and August last year.

Recent estimates suggest more than 5,000 people from the UK are forced into marriage every year.

More than a third of those affected are aged under 16.

The government is calling for increased awareness, and is promoting an advice line and information cards aimed at potential victims to explain how they can get help.


Sorry about the source of this, but I couldn't find a decent paper.

Parents who force their children to marry face jail sentences under tough laws to be unveiled tomorrow by Theresa May.

The Home Secretary will promise a sweeping crackdown after warnings that up to 8,000 young women a year are pushed into wedlock without their consent.

David Cameron says forced marriage, which involves families from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and east Africa, is 'little more than slavery' and 'completely wrong'.

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