Thousands enslaved in forced marriages across UK, investigation finds, The Guardian, 28th May 2018
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
More than 3,500 reports of forced marriage were made to police over a three-year period, a Guardian investigation has found, as charities warned that there were thousands more victims living in conditions of modern slavery in homes across the UK.
Data shared exclusively with the Guardian revealed 3,546 reports between 2014 and 2016. But experts warn that the figures, collected by the under the Freedom of Information Act, are just the tip of the iceberg.
Over the same three-year period, one national helpline run by another NGO received 22,030 calls from individuals or agencies concerned about a forced marriage. In 2017, the NGO received a further 8,870 calls, including more than 200 from or about children under 15, and gave advice regarding eight new clients under 10.