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Slough charity to train hairdressers to spot forced marriage

Hairdressers and beauticians are to be trained to spot the signs of forced marriage.

Slough charity Jeena International is launching an initiative in the Houses of Parliament later.

Founder Rani Bilku said people in the wedding industry would be trained to identify potential victims and know who to alert. Potential signs included a booking being made days ahead of the event or by someone other than the bride.

Ms Bilku said: “If a professional thinks, something doesn’t add up, we want to make sure they know where to go.

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Jeena International hosts talks to raise awareness of Honour Based Violence Day (#HBV)

Jeena International ran a day of events, including a key note speech by police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld on Thursday, July 16, at Singh Sabha Sports Centre in Stoke Poges Lane, Slough.

Throughout the afternoon there were talks on forced marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM) and honour based violence to safeguard potential victims.

Zina Younes, 17, is a sixth former at Herschel Grammar School and volunteers with Jeena International.

She said: “I think schools should really deal with these issues from a young age.

“I think that a lot of these things happen in Slough so we do need to talk about it, especially because we are so multicultural.” Shabnum Sadiq from Slough Volunteer Centre said she had not come across forced marriage before but wanted to learn more about services available to help if it comes up during her work.

“It is something which needs to be dealt with,” said Shabnum.

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