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Margot Parker MEP - appalled to read this week that British children in Asian communities are facing face huge pressure to marry according to customs which can be abusive and illegal under British law

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 3 August 2018

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I was appalled to read this week that British children in Asian communities are facing face huge pressure to marry according to customs which can be abusive and illegal under British law.

It is a global problem but figures from the Government's own forced-marriage unit show the majority of cases involve South Asian communities, with many victims under 18, as older men seek visas into the country .

This is an issue which must be addressed and cultural traditions must not be allowed to stand in the way.

The stories these young women tell are truly heart-breaking and pressure must be put on our Government not to turn a blind eye.

 

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