43,000 Kids Married in Brazil

    Two children ride their bicycle pass a mural in support of Brazil's national soccer team in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, June 6, 2006. The Germany 2006 FIFA soccer World Cup will start on Friday, June 9.(AP Photo/Renzo Gostoli)

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    Brazil’s 2010 census reports that 43,000 children under 14 are married in the nation. These unions are prohibited by law, and sex with these minors is considered statutory rape. According to an official of a group that defends juveniles in court, it’s common practice for families to ask the court to marry off a daughter at early age, and that most don’t even know it’s a crime. The nation’s lowest-per-capita-income areas see the most of these marriages.

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