Child marriage is a marriage or similar union, formal or informal, between a child under a certain age - typically age eighteen - and an adult or another child. Although the age of majority legal adulthood and marriageable age are usually designated at age 18, both vary across countries and therefore the marriageable age may be older or younger in a given country. Child marriage violates the rights of children and has widespread and long-term consequences for child brides and child grooms. Child marriages have been common throughout history and continue to be fairly widespread, particularly in developing countries such as parts of Africa ,   South Asia ,  Southeast Asia ,   West Asia ,   Latin America ,  and Oceania. Before the industrial revolution , in many parts of the world, including India , China and Eastern Europe , women tended to marry immediately after reaching puberty, in their mid-teens. Societies where most of the population lived in small agricultural communities were characterized by these marriage practices well into the 19th century. That usually meant that men remained unmarried until they accumulated sufficient wealth to support a new home, and were married in their mature age to adolescent girls, who contributed a dowry to the family finances. In ancient and medieval societies, it was common for girls to be betrothed at or even before the age of puberty. Friedman, "arranging and contracting the marriage of a young girl were the undisputed prerogatives of her father in ancient Israel. Ruth Lamdan writes: "The numerous references to child marriage in the 16th-century Responsa literature and other sources, shows that child marriage was so common, it was virtually the norm.
Gallery: 4 charged in Hudson County prostitution ring involving year-old girl. Four men, including three from Jersey City, who authorities say forced a year-old girl into having sex with up to 10 men a day in and around Hudson County, have been arrested and charged with human trafficking, the state Attorney General announced yesterday. Michael A. Hoffman said. Hayward had been in custody after a May 8 arrest, authorities said. Authorities say McLeod used violence or threats to control the year-old, who was a runaway from South Jersey, and an year-old who was also forced into prostitution by the men.
Just when you think our voyeuristic culture of glorified violence couldn't sink much lower, YouTube is there to reveal new depths. The latest example of misery being manufactured for social media comes to us from an unidentified NYC park, where two little girls are harassed into fighting each other for the cameras. We should warn you that the following video will probably make your blood boil:. It's unclear if the older females forcing the children to fight are parents or older siblings or random teenagers, but the video could be used as evidence by the police or child protective services. In December, two parents in Georgia were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after a video appeared to show them egging on their daughter in a fight. Similar incidents have also been caught on camera. We reached out to the individual who uploaded the video to YouTube, but have not yet heard back. A spokesperson says that at the very least this video serves as a reminder that anyone who sees what they perceive to be abuse or neglect should call New York's abuse and neglect hotline at
Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience — the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. A girl was grabbed by a stranger and forced into some bushes while she played in the street in Littlehampton. The six-year-old was approached by a man and attacked in an open area near Timberleys in Littlehampton at about 5pm on Monday. Police say he made off a minute later when it is believed he was distracted by relatives calling out for the girl. The child was physically unharmed and ran back to her relatives nearby. She and her family are being supported by specially trained officers. Chief Inspector Jon Carter, Arun and Chichester District Commander, said: "The motive for this isolated incident is not clear at present and we have been in the area seeking to establish the circumstances and contact any witnesses.