Girls Fearing Forced Marriage Told to Stick a Spoon in Underwear to Alert Airport Security

Girls Fearing Forced Marriage Told to Stick a Spoon in Underwear to Alert Airport Security, by Victoria Friedman.

Girls in Sweden are being advised that if they fear being taken overseas to be subjected to a forced marriage or Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that they should hide a spoon in their underwear.

“The spoon will trigger metal detectors when you go through security checks,” said Katarina Idegård who is the development manager for the unit charged with tackling honour-based violence in Sweden’s second biggest city Gothenburg.

“You will be taken aside and you can then talk to staff in private,” Ms. Idegård told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. …

Both forced marriage and FGM are illegal in Sweden. But according to a 2015 study, it is believed that up to 38,000 girls and women in the country may have undergone FGM, with victims being mainly of Egyptian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Gambian, and Somali heritage.

hat-tip Stephen Neil