Keighley MP backs crackdown on forced marriages

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins is backing a crackdown on forced marriages. He is supporting a government campaign raising awareness of the practice, which figures show is more prevalent during the summer months. Last year the government’s Forced Marriage Unit dealt with 400 reported cases between June and August. It is feared many unsuspecting teenagers are taken abroad believing they are going on holiday, but instead are forced to marry. “We must do all we can to end this shameful abuse – very often of young girls being forced into relations with older men,” said Mr Hopkins.


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