I recently read an article in the Metro newspaper about Canadian forced marriages that left me feeling conflicted. On one hand, I was pleased to see that this issue is getting a lot of recent media attention for the human rights abuse that it is. On the other, I am concerned that the media has missed a very important point in not labelling forced marriages for what they are: human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or holding of persons for the purpose of exploitation. There is usually an added component of control that traffickers have over their victims, including force, sexual assault and threats of violence. Forcing someone to marry another against their will by using threats, force or assault satisfies this criteria. In plain and simple terms, forced marriage is slavery.
Source: Free Them Blog