Marriage has been used as a method of recruiting or receiving women into Australia by deceiving the women about the nature of the marriage and the condition of their married lives for the purpose of exploitation as domestic servants and wives.
How many girls are being forced to marry at a young age? According to the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre director Matthew Keely, a recent study revealed that there were 80 such cases in one capital city alone. He says 'we need more research so that the issue is better understood'. Source: 'Father of 12-year-old "bride" refused bail' by Emma Partridge, SMH, 13 February 2014.
The story of the 12-year-old girl who was illegally married, is detailed in the following media reports:
- 'Imam charged with solemnising underage marriage' by Emma Partridge, Leesha McKenny, SMH, 11 February 2014
- 'Child told to wed by uncle: "You must do the marriage”' by Emma Partridge, SMH, 16 February 2014.
Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia has written extensively on this issue:
- 'Putting an end to forced marriage in Australia' by Jennifer Burn, The Conversation, 19 October 2013
- 'Cracking down on slavery and human trafficking in NSW' by Jennifer Burn, The Conversation, 11 December 2013.
The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre have focused attention on this issue by producing the following resources:
- 'Forced child marriage', Lawstuff: Know your rights, produced by the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre
- Forced Child Marriage – an online prezi resource for children and young people about forced marriage, definitions, relevant laws and where to seek help, 19 July 2013.
More about forced marriage
- Forced marriage – Human Rights: HSC Legal Studies – you will find case studies, links to research into forced marriages in Australia, magazine articles and details about legislation introduced in 2013 criminalising forced marriages in Australia, if you want to explore this as a human rights issue.
- Forced marriage - Preliminary Part I - HSC Legal Studies - you will find case studies, links to research into forced marriages in Australia, magazine articles and details about legislation introduced in 2013 criminalising forced marriages in Australia, if you want to explore this as a law reform in action issue.