May 30, 2017
Since the law against forced marriages in Sweden was first introduced in 2014, a shocking 150 cases have been reported to the police, yet, according to a new report, only 1 case has ever resulted in a prosecuted.
The damning report, which has been analysed by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, claims the youngest reported ‘child bride’ was just 4 years old, and that wasn’t even the case that was prosecuted!
Prosecutor Christina Ehrenborg-Staffas, who was tasked by the Swedish government to review why so few cases had been prosecuted, concluded that many cases failed to get to trial because the girl’s testimony alone was not enough for the police to secure a conviction.
Other reasons included the fact the girl was still abroad, often in places like Afghanistan, where the Swedes have no jurisdiction. Over half of the girls in question had no legal representation or social worker.
During the same 3-year period, 48 cases of FGM were reported to authorities. Not a single case has been prosecuted.
The news comes on the same day it emerged that a 14 year old girl was saved from a forced marriage after a social worker discovered she had changed her Facebook status to ‘engaged’.
The girl’s father had sent her to Ethiopia to marry her cousin because he was worried she had become “too Swedish”. She reached out to her social worker for help, who was able to arrange sanctuary for the girl in the Swedish Embassy and a flight home for her.
The trial of the girl’s father, which was set to take place later this year, has been postponed indefinitely.
Westmonster dreads to think of just how many girls out there have been unable to get help, or report their situation to the authorities.
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 8:37 am