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Virginia Introduces Law To Stop 12-year-old Girls Getting Married

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It’s one of those stories that makes you wonder how you didn’t know Virginia had such a law in the first place.

But rest assured you’re not alone. In February, the YouTube prankster Coby Persin conducted a social experiment into how the public reacts to child marriage in which a man of 65 takes pictures in Times Square, New York, with a 12-year-old girl.

Needless to say, New Yorkers couldn’t believe such a thing was legal in their own country.

But between 2004 and 2013, around 4,500 children under the age of 18 were married in Virginia. Of that 4,500, more than 200 were 15 or younger.

Finally, last Friday, authorities introduced new legislation that updated rules that had, until then, made it entirely legal for girls aged 12 or 13 to be married so long as they had parental consent and were pregnant.

‘We hope that legislators will see the efforts in Virginia as a wake-up call about how their laws can facilitate forced marriages of children,’ Jeanne Smoot, Tahirih’s senior counsel for policy and strategy, told the Washington Post.

The change followed a long battle by activists who said the original law constituted forced marriage, human trafficking and statutory rape disguised as marriage.
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First of all, why is no one asking the important question? Why is a man of 65 years marrying a 12 year old girl?
 
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