Only one in 30 suspected forced marriages in England is leading to a prosecution.
In the past seven years 8,170 cases of suspected forced marriages were identified by the government’s forced marriage unit. There have only been 395 referrals to the Crown Prosecution Service since 2010, however, of which 268 prosecutions were completed, according to the CPS’s violence against women and girls reports.
During the same period, about 1,250 forced marriage protection orders were issued to protect girls and women at risk, and assist with repatriating victims. Last year 246 were issued, up from 217 in 2015.
Manchester, Luton, Leicester and Bradford are the UK’s forced marriage “hotspots” where the most orders have been issued, according to a freedom of information request.