An increasing number of men are being forced into marriage, a government body revealed Thursday, often because they are gay or bisexual.

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) says it received more than 220 emails and calls to its helpline last year about suspected forced marriages involving male victims -- up 65 percent from 134 in 2008.

And the figures may be just the tip of the iceberg, experts believe, with many more cases unreported.

Because the problem is more common among women, the plight of men forced into marriage often goes unheard, ministers said.

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