A woman has spoken of the horrific consequences of forced marriage when she was taken to Bangladesh at 15 and pressurised into marrying a man twice her age.
Beauty queen Rubie Marie said she was r-ped “more or less, every single day” so she would get pregnant and her husband could guarantee his way into the UK.
She only managed to escape when she returned to Wales to give birth.
She told the BBC she was taken to Bangladesh in 1998 at the age of 15 under the pretence of it being a holiday.
“We were only supposed to go for six weeks but then it went to two months, then it went to three months, then it got to six months and we all got homesick,” she said.
“I was sitting down having dinner with the whole family and he just came in and he sat down and he started to eat and out of the blue, and I remember it like it was yesterday,
“‘Wouldn’t it be great if we got Ruby married?’ And I was mortified. I was a kid and I had a tantrum. I threw my plate on the floor.
“I started kicking off, banging the doors, ran into my room screaming, shouting. I just didn’t know how to comprehend that information.
“I was put on a bidding system. One of my uncles went and started bidding me. It was horrible. I was treated like a slave.
“I was in this alien country – I didn’t know where to go, where to turn to, didn’t know where there was a phone. Nothing.”
Ms Marie was forced to marry a man twice her age and for her engagement she was “dressed up like a doll”.
Once she was married, her new husband wanted a child.
“More or less, I’d been raped every single day to get pregnant, so then he’s got an official British pathway of coming to Britain because he’s got a child. That was their plan,” she added.
She got pregnant and came back to Wales to give birth.
When the baby was born, she fled: “That brought shame to the family again in their eyes. And I was disowned for a very long time.”
Rubie now works as an ambassador, educating people about forced marriage.
“Now I’m speaking and talking to the world and sharing in that way of there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is a place for you in this world.