It is of course impossible to know the number of women and girls being taken abroad and forced into marriage, but we do know it’s happening all over the world. And we know one in five girls worldwide will be married before their 18th birthday.
A number of cases have emerged in Sweden in the last four years.
Idegard’s message is simple: If a girl slips a spoon into her underwear, it will trigger the metal detectors at the airport.
“You will be taken aside and you can talk to staff in private,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“It is a last chance to sound the alarm,” she said.
Airport staff have been alerted to this new tactic, and instructed on how to best respond