From BBC News, with thanks to Shiva:
Forced marriage should be made a specific criminal offence, police say.
Currently families who compel their children to marry can be charged only with offences like assault or kidnap.
Officers are due to tell a London conference that in the past two years nearly 500 people have asked for help to avoid being forced into marriages.
Metropolitan Police research suggests a link between forced marriage and honour killings and officers say a specific offence would make prosecutions easier.
Honour killings are when people are murdered because they are deemed to have shamed their families and can occur when someone refuses to marry a partner chosen for them.
Police say making forced marriages illegal would send a clear message that this is not acceptable in the UK….
Last year, government officials said a special unit within the Foreign Office had dealt with almost 1,000 cases of forced marriage since it was set up in 2000.
It had also rescued and repatriated to the UK 70 young people a year from overseas….