In China, a horrifying story has emerged of a man who brought a pregnant 12-year-old to the ER. Doctors were initially shocked at the girl’s young age, but shock turned to disgust when doctors figure out what happened as they rush to call police.
The man, unidentified, showed up to the hospital with the young pregnant girl, and an older woman who he said was his mother. He wanted the young girl to undergo a routine pregnancy exam to make sure the baby was healthy. He insisted she was 20-year-old.
Doctors could see she wasn’t 20. Doctors began to question the man and the girl, much to his anger. It turned out that the girl had no identification papers. Doctors concluded she was brought to China as a child bride.
Sadly, these types of events are not limited to China.
Yet while the incident occurred in China, it looks like child brides may also be an American problem as well, The New York Times reports.Parents from a wide variety of religious groups ranging from Christian to Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and more have allowed their kids to marry adults.
Records indicate between 1995 and 2012, 3,481 children were married in New Jersey, with most given parental consent.
While many of the children were 16 or 17 years old, some were as young as 13 — and yet still given consent by a judge.
“The solution is relatively simple,” writes Fraidy Ress, founder of non-profit Unchained At Last, in The New York Times op-ed. “State legislators should eliminate the archaic legal exceptions that allow children to wed. This is the only way to end child and forced marriage in the United States.”
“Based on my own experience working with forced-marriage victims across the United States, I am sure many of these children had to marry against their will,” she added. “Forced marriage is a widespread but often ignored problem in the United States.”