EXCLUSIVE: America’s child marriage SHAME: More than 100 teen girls in have wed older adult men since 2021, risking lopsided unions with abusive ‘groomer’ husbands they can’t escape
- The era of 11-year-olds marrying older men is in America’s rearview mirror
- But exclusive data show how scores of mid-teen girls are still getting hitched
- West Virginia, Michigan, and Wyoming recorded many child marriages in 2021
The era of 11-year-old girls marrying much older men is in America’s rearview mirror, but exclusive new data show that a worrying number of youths in their mid-teens are still getting hitched to adults.
DailyMail.com obtained figures from Unchained At Last, a non-profit that campaigns to end young marriages, showing how scores of kids — mostly girls aged 16 and 17 — have wed adults from Maine to North Dakota these past two years.
That includes 30 teens in West Virginia, 39 in Michigan and another 15 in Wyoming in 2021, according to the latest figures gathered from state sources that can take years to trickle through the system.