We are looking to make a series of short documentaries with a UK based charity on the subject of forced marriage. In particular, this charity works with people with learning disabilities.
In a first meeting we were told that indeed the majority of reported cases come from the wider Asian community in the UK. People with learning disability or other mental disabilities are often used and abused for marriage arrangements for a) the financial gain of the parties involved b) to give other relatives access to the UK as wife/husband of the victim or c) to elevate the social status of some of the parties involved, as unmarried men and women are seen as not fully matured in these communities, within and outside the UK.
We were also told that airport staff at the major cities in the UK have been made aware of this issue and probably these specific practices to attract attention as a last resort at the airport. You have to bear in mind that when it's affecting people with disabilities or other difficulties they are very unlikely to communicate their distress to anyone outside their family in public.