Sajid Javid has vowed to do more to combat forced marriages, saying the practice had no place in British society, after charities warned that the Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas.
The home secretary said forced marriage was a "despicable, inhumane, uncivilised practice that has no place whatsoever in Britain". He added: "We will be doing more to combat it and support victims.
"Those who force British women into marriage, be warned that we are redoubling our efforts to make sure you pay for your crimes."
His comments came after data obtained by the Times revealed that officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued.