So many lives have been ruined by my forced marriage. I don’t talk to my family – I miss my brother and sisters, but most of all my mother. When my father and uncles found out that I was a lesbian, I thought I was going to die – that they were going to kill me. Being forced into a marriage is like being sold to be raped.

Maya’s friends called the FMU when she did not return from a trip out of the country. The FMU together with the British Consulate managed to find Maya and help her return to the UK safely. With the help of a women’s refuge and her friends, Maya has built a new, independent life for herself.

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