15 Rotterdam girls possibly forced to marry

Rotterdam city council suspects 15 girls may have been married against their will this summer, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.

The city launched a campaign before the school holidays began aimed at helping girls avoid arranged marriages during the summer break.
But just three girls made use of the opportunity to sign a document saying they did not want to get married – which would allow the council to take steps if they failed to return after the break. None of them have been forced to marry this summer, the paper says.
Before the holiday, eight suspected cases were on the council’s books and a further seven girls have not returned to school, leading officials to suspect they may have been subject to forced marriage, the paper says.

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