At least 20,000 girls under the age of 18 married with judicial consent in 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, according to a report released Wednesday by the Fairfield-based organization Save the Children. And a recent Frontline investigation found that between 2000 and 2014, more than 1,200 minors were married in Connecticut.
But no more.
In a move hailed by children’s rights advocates, the Connecticut legislature voted in June to ban child marriage before the age of 16. The new law took effect this month.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense