Women are dying in overseas honor killings, and no one knows how bad the problem is

Rights groups in the U.S. and U.K. believe that transnational honor killings—when family members lure victims overseas to kill them—are a growing phenomenon. From 2010 to 2014, the U.K. human rights think tank the Henry Jackson Society recorded 29 cases of honor killings of people who resided in the U.K., based on media reports. Activists say that what’s striking about the U.K. figure is that 11 of the murders were committed overseas, all of them in Pakistan. It’s impossible to say what the true extent of these out-of-country killings are, the society warned: “There are no reliable figures on the total number of female British residents and/or citizens who have been killed abroad in the name of honor.”

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