The staff members at airports in Great Britain are being trained to recognize a spoon in a passenger’s underwear as a signal for help, according to an Aug. 15 report on Fox News. Victims of forced marriages who are being sent against their will to other countries have been instructed to stick a spoon in their underwear in order to set off the metal detectors. This will require their removal to another area for special search, at which time the victim can explain their plight and request assistance.
There is actually a department in Great Britain that solely deals with this problem. The Foreign Offices Forced Marriage Unit dealt with 1500 cases involving 60 different countries last year alone. The victims were typically young girls aged 15 and 16, but some victims were older and some were actually men.
During the summer holiday, it is easy for young school girls to be taken on a holiday from which they will not return. They are actually being taken to a strange country against their will to marry a stranger without their consent.
Karma Nirvana, a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honor-based abuse, has created this "spoon in the underwear" signal. It is often the last chance at freedom for those being forced into arranged marriages. Karma Nirvana has a hotline and other online resources available to those find themselves in this situation. They provide the assurance of privacy, and they have staff members available to help that have experienced the same trauma in their lives.
The hotline phone number is: 08005999247