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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 115 million boys were married off as children with one in five wed before they turned 15, according to the first United Nations’ study to track the prevalence of child grooms.
The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF analyzed marriage and population data across 82 countries and found the Central African Republic had the highest prevalence of child grooms at 28%, followed by Nicaragua at 19% and Madagascar with 13%.
Almost all countries have a minimum marriage age of 18, but children can still legally wed in places like the United States if they have parental consent or through religious ceremonies, according to data research group World Policy Analysis Center.