Spoon in underwear saving youths from forced marriage

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As Britain puts airport staff on alert to spot potential victims of forced marriage, one campaigning group says the trick of putting a spoon in their underwear has saved some youngsters from a forced union in their South Asian ancestral homelands.


The concealed spoon sets off the metal detector at the airport in Britain and the teenagers can be taken away from their parents to be searched — a last chance to escape a largely hidden practice wrecking the lives of unknown thousands of British youths.

The British school summer holidays, now well under way, mark a peak in reports of young people — typically girls aged 15 and 16 — being taken abroad on “holiday”, for a marriage without consent, the government says.

The bleep at airport security may be the last chance they get to escape a marriage to someone they have never met in a country they have never seen.

Written By: AFP
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  1. I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you. How dare we impose our norms on other cultures. Tsk tsk tsk – neocolonialist cultural imperialism! West is best chauvinism! Religious intolerance!….wait, let me see what else I can find in my lefty liberal cultural relativist politically correct handbook….here we go: children’s rights fundamentalism!

    • In reply to #1 by godsbuster:

      I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you. How dare we impose our norms on other cultures. Tsk tsk tsk – neocolonialist cultural imperialism! West is best chauvinism! Religious intolerance!….wait, let me see what else I can find in my lefty liberal cultural relativist politically correct handbook….

      Terrible that we outlawed suttee (burning your widow along with you) and thuggee (robbing and killing travellers) as well.

  2. While ingenious, the effectiveness of this tactic has surely been blunted by the widespread media coverage. I can imagine lots of teenage girls having their underwear checked ahead of the flight by relatives alerted by newspaper stories. This should have remained something spread to children through schools and social media.

    • In reply to #9 by paulmcuk:

      While ingenious, the effectiveness of this tactic has surely been blunted by the widespread media coverage. I can imagine lots of teenage girls having their underwear checked ahead of the flight by relatives alerted by newspaper stories. This should have remained something spread to children through…

      That is a good point. I often wonder why more thought isn’t given to such things. In cases like this the media does not seem to be aware of having any responsibility for the knowledge it passes on.

      I know Daniel Dennett in the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism” video raises a question along the lines of whether or not there is any knowledge which should not be shared with the general public. It is a good question, and the point is applicable to more than just great scientific knowledge which can be used to do harm.

    • In reply to #9 by paulmcuk:

      While ingenious, the effectiveness of this tactic has surely been blunted by the widespread media coverage. I can imagine lots of teenage girls having their underwear checked ahead of the flight by relatives alerted by newspaper stories. This should have remained something spread to children through…

      I thought about this also and it’s a good point but it works both ways. Reading about it in the news could also help young girls who are in trouble with their family and are not aware of the trick yet. Also, kids can be pretty resourceful and help each other find more ways to set off the metal detector. Padded underwear lined with aluminium foil, metallic objects concealed in sanitary napkins, etc.

      • In reply to #12 by NearlyNakedApe:

        This is true, but it does not seem like a good reason to release information that could expose people to risk unnecessarily. It makes more sense as a silver lining after the fact.

    • In reply to #9 by paulmcuk:

      While ingenious, the effectiveness of this tactic has surely been blunted by the widespread media coverage. I can imagine lots of teenage girls having their underwear checked ahead of the flight by relatives alerted by newspaper stories.

      Agreed, Aluminium foil would work better.

      On a lighter note, ‘Is that a spoon in your pocket? … I have a magent in mine.’

  3. Great now everyone knows including the perps. Surely, they are onto this trick and will now be searching the genitals of the children. What will these kids need to do next? Scream help, help help in the airport. Probably.

    • In reply to #13 by QuestioningKat:

      Great now everyone knows including the perps. Surely, they are onto this trick and will now be searching the genitals of the children. What will these kids need to do next? Scream help, help help in the airport. Probably.

      Well, why not? No harm could come to them as they would instantly be whisked away by the authorities. Act submissive, don’t let the family know you’re against the marriage, and don’t scream until you actually get to the security gate.

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