Women forced into marriage overseas asked to repay cost of return to UK

Country
UK (GB)
Score
19.29
Source
The Guardian
Time
2019-01-02 (UTC)
ID
13015681

Foreign Office criticised for seeking to recoup outlay on victims’ fares and expenses The Foreign Office is seeking to recoup the cost of repatriating young women who have been forced into marriages overseas, it has been revealed, with charities criticising the government for making women “pay for their protection”. An investigation found that many of the 82 victims of forced marriage repatriated in 2016-17 had to pay for living costs between making distress calls and returning home, as well as their airfare, while others received loans from the Foreign Office. They had to give up their passports as a condition of the loan until they repaid the debt, with a surcharge added to unpaid bills after six months. Continue reading...