Ten of thousands of children are being married off as teens, often to older men, and an organization is on a mission to expose the problem.
Unchained at Last is the name of the group, led by Fraidy Reiss, who tells OneNewsNow that an estimated 248,000 children were married during a 10-year period from 2000 2010. Some were age 12, and possibly younger, and most were married to adult men.
Unchained is currently examining the issue in Pennsylvania, where census data shows 2,323 children married between ages 15 to 17.
“We didn't even look at children younger than that,” she says, “so we know this is happening to thousands of children.”
Pennsylvania's legal age for marriage is 18 but Weiss says there are so many loopholes that earlier marriages are taking place. That means Pennsylvania is the first target for Unchained at Last, which will stage a June 26 rally at the state capitol building main rotunda.
Child marriage, she says, must end in all states.