Wednesday 2 January 2019 / 10:10 AM Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry responds to Foreign Office costs for forced marriages overseas

Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to the revelations that women rescued from forced marriages overseas are being charged by the Foreign Office for the costs of bringing them home, said:

“It is morally repugnant for the Foreign Office to charge British victims of forced marriage for the costs of bringing them home, and rank hypocrisy given the past statements made on this issue by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary.

“Dozens of the most vulnerable women in the most desperate circumstances have been penalised for turning to their government for help, and many more may have been put off from seeking that help because of the costs involved.

“The Foreign Office must immediately scrap these charges, and write off all outstanding debts owed by women brought home in recent years.”