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Scandal of America’s Child Brides in Daily Mail

Updated: Mar 17

A woman has revealed how she was married off to her 24-year-old boyfriend when she got pregnant at 15, so that he could avoid charges of statutory rape. 

Keri, now 21, from South Carolina, was 'forced' to marry Paul with her father's consent in accordance with the law in the southeastern state.

She appears in the upcoming BBC Three documentary America's Child Brides, which explores 'legal loopholes' in the 17 states in which there is no lower age limit for marriage.

Speaking to journalist Ellie Flynn, Keri, whose surname has not been revealed, explains that she and Paul found out he was being investigated by the police after she discovered she was pregnant at the tender age of 15.

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