Germany is struggling to prevent and keep track of the over 1,000 child marriages taking place in the country.
Child marriages have not been an issue in Germany until recent years. The practice is illegal in Germany, but since the country doesn’t recognize “religious marriages,” authorities can’t do anything to stop it in most cases.
German television channel N24 claims the number of child marriages in the country now exceeds 1,000, and that the actual number is believed to significantly higher.
An anonymous teacher told newspaper Welt am Sonntag that young girls often suddenly stop showing up to school after getting married.
“There are frequently cases where a girl, usually between 13 and 15 years of age, suddenly no longer come to school,” the teacher said in an article published Sunday.
Child marriages are becoming more frequent in refugee camps in the Middle East.
SOS Children’s Villages estimates…