Last year, a report by Unchained At Last discovered that more than 200,000 children were married in the US over the last 15 years.
After the turn of the century, you’d think that number should be close to zero. Unfortunately, boys and girls as young as 10 years old have been wed to individuals more than twice their age.
Many Americans are under the impression that child brides are only popular in polygamous communities, but it’s actually happening all over the US, and in all sorts of families.
While the minimum age to get married in the U.S. is 18, there are some states that have legal exemptions. According to The Conversation, as of December 2017 “minors of any age can legally marry in 25 states if they meet their state’s exceptions.”
These state laws allow minors to get married if they have parental consent, the approval of a judge, or are recognized as adults.
This byproduct of poverty is sweeping the nation, and not much is being done to prevent this old-age tradition.
While states like New York and Florida have stepped up and banned children under the age of 17 from marrying, many people argue that it’s time to ban child marriage altogether.
Missouri, in particular, is receiving a lot of backlash online. Their laws are encouraging teen brides to travel from across the country, and the reason behind why they’re doing this will shock you.