Authorities in Gothenburg, Sweden, are advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear to trigger airport metal detectors. Once they are taken aside, they can speak to airport staff in private. Photo: SCMP

Girls in Sweden told to hide spoons in underwear to avoid forced marriage

The spoons are intended to trigger metal detectors, alerting airport staff to any girls being flown abroad against their will; a Swedish national hotline received 139 calls last year about child marriage or forced marriage

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Authorities in Gothenburg, Sweden, are advising girls who fear being taken abroad for forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear to trigger airport metal detectors. Once they are taken aside, they can speak to airport staff in private. Photo: SCMP
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