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Some 300 girls and women in New York State reported being forced into marriage in just two years - and two who refused said they almost paid with their life.

That's according to a new survey of immigrant and women's service providers that sought to quantify the extent of the practice here and in other states.

Advocates say the problem cuts across cultural borders and is so widespread - 3,000 cases nationwide - that the U.S. needs stronger laws to stop it from happening.


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