Forced Marriage

The Forced Marriage Unit is a UK government initiative but this issue is not unknown in Hong Kong.

See The Force Marriage Unit website.

The UK Forced Marriage Unit advised in 1485 cases in 2012. Astonishingly, the youngest victim was 2 years old; the oldest 71. Latest statistics from the Forced Marriage Unit suggest young people aged between 16 and 25 are most at risk of being forced into marriage.

The Forced Marriage Unitgave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1485 cases. Of the 744 cases where the age was known, 13% involved victims below 15 years, 22% involved victims aged 16-17, 30% involved victims aged 18-21, 19% involved victims aged 22-25, 8% involved victims aged 26-30, 8% involved victims aged 31+. The oldest victim was 71 and the youngest was 2.

The cases involved 60 different countries. They included Pakistan (47.1%), Bangladesh (11%), India (8%), Afghanistan (2.1%), Somalia (1.2%), Turkey (1.1%), Iraq (1%), Iran (0.9%), Nigeria (0.9%), Sri Lanka (0.9%), Egypt (0.6%), Saudi Arabia (0.6%), Yemen (0.6%), The Gambia (0.5%), Morocco (0.5%),  and Ukraine (0.5%). The origin was unknown in 7.7% of cases.

82% of cases involved female victims and 18% involved male victims. 114 cases involved victims with disabilities.  22 involved victims who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.