||<p>The UK is a world-leader in the fight to stamp out forced marriage, with our dedicated
Forced Marriage Unit leading efforts to combat it both at home and abroad</p><p>The
Government has significantly strengthened the law on forced marriage. We have introduced
a new forced marriage offence, criminalised the breach of Forced Marriage Protection
Orders and introduced anonymity for victims</p><p>In November 2018, the Home Secretary
launched the Forced Marriage Awareness Campaign, which highlights that forced marriage
is a crime and directs victims and concerned parties to contact the Forced Marriage
Helpline for support.</p><p>The joint Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) provides support and advice for victims, those at risk,
and professionals, through its public helpline. In 2018, the FMU gave advice or support
related to a possible forced marriage in 1,764 cases. Since 2012, the FMU has provided
support to between approximately 1,200 and 1,400 cases per year. The Home Office does
not hold data on the number of people currently living in forced marriages in the
UK. Further information on the FMU’s 2018 statistics can be found at the following
link: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/804044/Forced_Marriage_Unit_Statistics_2018_FINAL.pdf"
recognise that forced marriage can constitute modern slavery, as we examined in the
Home Office Typology report, but not in all cases, so we must assess each on a case
by case basis. Potential victims can be deceived about the nature of their relationship
with the trafficker, not understanding that they would be exploited in the marriage.
The exploitation can take place through domestic servitude which occurs alongside
domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.</p><p>The Home Office Typology Report can
be found here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/652652/typology-modern-slavery-offences-horr93.pdf%20"