Inger Støjberg, Denmark’s former Minister for Immigration, Integration, and Housing, is now possibly facing criminal charges for having rescued Muslim migrant child brides from their much older husbands when they came to the country.
Voice of Europe Støjberg served as Immigration Minister from 2015 until 2019, during the peak of the so-called “migrant crisis.” During that time she was noted for her tough stance on illegal migration and her demand that migrants respect Danish cultural values, which earned her the hatred of the Danish Left.
One of Støjberg’s achievements was in rescuing Muslim child brides. During 2015 and 2016 in particular, a large number of male migrants came from Muslim countries along with their very young wives.
Støjberg has provided examples of cases that moved her to take action against it, such as a couple that arrived from Iraq in which the husband was 29 and the wife 17. When they got to Denmark, the woman was already pregnant with her third child; she had previously given birth to two children when she was only 12 and 13.
Other examples include a Syrian couple where the husband was 50 and the girl only 16, and a “stateless” couple in which the husband was 27 and the girl was only 16, having become pregnant the first time when she was only 13.
Calling the practice of marrying child brides — which is commonplace throughout the Islamic world — “medieval and cruel,” Støjberg did everything in her legal power to separate such couples.
But now, liberal parties in Denmark are threatening to prosecute her for violating a technicality of international law.
The issue of child brides is not limited to Denmark but is endemic throughout the migrant communities of Western Europe — especially since Muslims see it as part of their culture. The BBC conducted an interview with a Muslim imam in which he stated that marrying child brides is permissible under Islamic law, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.