Rotterdam to track down missing brides

Rotterdam city council is launching a scheme to try to stop young girls being forced into marriages during the summer holiday, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

Girls who are worried they may be married against their will can register their concerns through their school.
The declaration states that the girl does not want to get married and does want to come back to the Netherlands after the holidays. If the girl does not return, the police can use their declaration as the basis of a formal investigation, the paper says.
Teachers are also being trained to recognise the signs that a girl faces marriage against her will.
A similar scheme in Britain has had good results, Rotterdam council executive Jantine Kriens told the paper.
The paper did not give any estimates of how many girls are forced to get married in their country of origin but said the practice largely affects girls from Morocco, Turkey and Pakistan. Schools are usually the first places where their absence is noticed.

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