Major increase in cases of child brides being forced to marry pedophiles
The number of cases where children are being forced to marry adults is rising sharply in Sweden, according to the National Suppression of Honor Prevention of Childhood and Forced Marriage.
The organization runs a hotline set up for victims and reports that the number of calls from those wanting to get out of forced child marriages has recently begun to rapidly increase in the Scandinavian country. The uptick reported by the Swedish charity shows the victims to be prominently young girls who are forced to marry much older men. According to a report by SVT, since the organization’s hotline was set up just over four years ago, it has seen 101 children and young people come to them seeking help to escape from forced marriages between 2014 and 2018.
This year, however, the number of calls has dramatically increased with the hotline operators claiming to have received 132 calls relating to child and forced marriages, which is set to pass last year’s total of 139, according to a report by Breitbart.
Despite being able to identify 101 potential victims of forced or child marriage, both of which are illegal in Sweden, only six cases have actually seen court convictions. Although the absolute figures are relatively small, especially compared to other Western nations with more developed forced marriage and child abuse problems, they are significant in formerly low-crime, low-population Sweden.