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New laws coming into force which criminalise forced marriage could deter victims from coming forward because they do not want to see parents and family members jailed, campaigners have warned.

The Home Office's legislation makes compelling someone into marriage against their will a specific criminal offence for the first time, carrying up to seven years' imprisonment.

It also makes it possible to prosecute perpetrators from other countries where a British national is being forced to wed.


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