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America's child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue
"Until this month, there was no minimum age requirement to get married in Virginia — if you could meet certain criteria.
Girls as young as 13 years old, and pregnant, were wed with a judge's approval in recent years, according to records from the Virginia department of health. Almost 4,500 minors were married between 2004 and 2013. About 90% of those minors were girls who married adult men."
www.theguardian.com, July 8, 2016.

Forced marriage outlawed as ministers step up efforts to curb practice
"Forced marriage is "a tragedy for each and every victim", home secretary Theresa May said as a new law outlawing the practice came into effect.
From Monday forcing someone into marriage in England and Wales will carry a maximum seven-year jail sentence under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014."
www.theguardian.com, June 15, 2014.

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