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Girls Seeking Help for Forced Marriage at Record High

Seeking help for Forced Marriage

FORCED marriage isn’t just a problem for other countries. It is very much alive and kicking in Australia.
The NSW Community Relations Commission is holding an inquiry into human trafficking, including sex slavery and forced marriage, of which there are an estimated 1000 cases a year in Australia, according to NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward. Accurate statistics are hard to come by as victims are often isolated and terrified of retribution.
One thing we know is that there will be no outcome of calls for reduced immigration from Muslim majority countries.

The number of children subjected to or fearing forced marriage being offered assistance by the UK’s leading children’s charity has hit a record level, new data has revealed.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) now provides three times more counselling sessions than they did five years ago.

Some of the victims are as young as 13 and they are frequently threatened with violence and emotional blackmail, pressuring them to marry older men they may have never met.

Childline, the 24-hour counselling hotline for children provided by the NSPCC, has experienced more children than ever are calling with fears over forced marriage. The charity said it delivered 12 per cent more counselling sessions in 2016/17 than in 2015/16.

Forced marriage can carry a prison sentence of up to seven years in the UK, but as of December 31, 2016, figures suggest there has been just one conviction in Britain.

The charity said some families use the long school summer holidays to pull children out of Britain and marry them off abroad to strangers.

The full scale of the abuse may be unknown, however, as some girls do not speak out because they are “worried about family honour and being isolated by their communities” and fear their “relatives would be punished if they sought help”.

One 18-year-old girl who contacted Childline said: “My parents are talking about taking me back to my home country to get married, but I don’t want to. They get violent when I don’t do what they want.

“I want to leave home but they’d never agree to it. I just want to live a normal teenage life, but they won’t let me.”

NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless commented: “Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions. We must be clear that, regardless of cultural expectations, this is a crime and an abuse of human rights.”

Childline founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen added: “Young people can feel helpless because sometimes those near to them aren’t interested in their happiness or welfare.

“It’s desperately important that those are frightened or feel that they have no one to turn to get in touch with Childline.”

There has been a similar failure to prosecute perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) – another crime largely associated with migrant communities.

Despite the practice being illegal in the UK for 31 years, and more than 5,000 new cases recorded in England last year, not a single successful prosecution has been made.

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  • Zoltan 13/08/2017, 5:33 am

    How dare they quote Esther rantzen in such an article! Long time buddy of Jimmy Savile.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/9587450/Jimmy-Savile-allegations-Esther-Rantzens-response-defies-belief.html

  • Cliff 13/08/2017, 6:59 am

    I can never concentrate on what Ester is saying. Those bloody teeth are beyond distracting.
    On a more serious note… 1000 estimated forced marriages in Australia? But not a solitary conviction? What does that clearly imply? PC and ‘cultural differences’ rule, despite anything politicians like Pru Goward might say.

    • Lorraine 13/08/2017, 9:25 am

      its only a problem if you make it one. Islam and the Koran have the final say, the great Allah had a child bride, so it is more than acceptable in this day to have unwilling child brides. In fact they insist on it, 15 kids or 20 kids to the one woman helps Muslims reach their welfare target

  • Penguinte 13/08/2017, 8:05 am

    When homosexual marriage kicks in the claims of forced marriage will likely double as young males become targets of peadophiles. If the authorities wanted to act they can but choose to turn a blind eye.

  • luk1955 13/08/2017, 8:12 am

    So why don’t these groups above speak out against the importation of terrorists and pedophiles, aka muslims, into our country? Because their funding comes from George Soros, that is why.

  • Topsy 13/08/2017, 9:28 am

    Many years ago a professional photographer asked me if I would like to attend a certain wedding. What I did not know was that it was a forced wedding of a beautiful 17 year old M/E girl to a much, much older man.
    Because I was with the photographer I got to go into the bedroom and other rooms where photos were taken so witnessed much I would have preferred not to.
    Such heartbreak, grief and fear I never wish to see again. Nor would I ever wish to feel so helpless again.
    I asked the photographer later how it was the photos looked so great and was told “a great deal of skill and practice.” I suppose that means air-brushing or whatever they call it.

  • TommyGun 13/08/2017, 7:28 pm

    It should be a criminal offence and the sick perverts involved should be deported.