Govt must provide answers over forced marriage scandal

Liberal Democrats today condemned reports that the Government is charging victims of illegal forced marriages to bring them home.

The Times has today reported that women who are sent abroad by their families for forced marriages are charged by the Foreign Office for the cost of rescuing them. 

Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Christin Jardine said:

“The Government cannot surely think it’s acceptable to ask victims of illegal forced marriages to pay to be rescued.

“These young women who have been through traumatic circumstances are being asked to repay their repatriation costs and then punished if they can't by having their passports confiscated until they pay the Government back.

“The Conservative Government needs to explain exactly why they think this is acceptable.”

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