Paraguay has close to 17,000 early and forced unions for girls and adolescents

Authorities stated that protection programs must be developed in other contexts to fight this problem and prevent it from becoming endemic.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to the report "Invisibles in plain sight. Early and forced unions in Paraguay," there are some 17,000 such unions in the country.

The reasons are related to families' many economic problems and low schooling rates. The forced union of a girl or adolescent with an adult man have a behavioral pattern similar to child labor.

The family of origin gives away the girl or adolescent - this time to a person who will become her partner - a more serious situation due to exposure to various forms of violence, including sexual abuse. Despite this, the practice . . .

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