Grown Men Are Exploiting Loopholes In State Laws To Marry Children

More than 200,000 children under 18 were married from 2000 to 2015 in the U.S., according to a report released Wednesday.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Melissa Jeltsen
Huffington Post
August 30, 2017

Tags: Child Marriage, Children & Juvenile, Crime Victims

Organizations mentioned/involved: Tahirih Justice Center


 The vast majority were underage girls who married adult men.

“America really does have a child marriage problem,” said Jeanne Smoot, author of the report. “It hurts children here, just as it does globally, and we are overdue to tackle it.”

While most states set a minimum age of 18 to marry, they typically allow exceptions if children have parental consent, or if a judge approves the union.