A 40-year-old man in China was arrested after he got his 12-year-old wife pregnant. The man had lied and said that his wife was 20. The man accompanied his wife to the hospital. The doctors performed tests to ensure that the unborn baby was healthy. However, the medical staff become suspicious after they tested the girl.
One of the medical staff members stated that it was obvious that the girl was a child. The man was angered after the hospital staff members expressed their concerns. He stated that he took the girl to the hospital to be examined. He did not want to be questioned. The staff members called the police. They found out the girl did not have an ID and was likely a foreign bride.
This incident occurred in China, but it happens all over the world. It is likely that there are similar cases occurring in the United States. Studies have shown that 3,478 underage children were married in New Jersey between 1995 and 2012. The vast majority of these children were between the ages of 16 and 17. However, some of the children were as young as 13. Fraidy Ross is the founder of Unchained At Last. This is an organization that fights against arranged marriages. She has stated that the best way to fight childhood marriage is to pass legislation that forbids it.