Friday, 13 January 2017

Forced and Under Age Marriage

The legislation criminalising forced marriage came into effect in 2013.  No one has been convicted of this offence even though the number of allegations of forced marriage has increased from 11 in 2013-14 to 65 2015-16.

It is essential that there is an extensive education campaign, including when people are thinking of coming to Australia, making it clear that this is illegal in this country and will not be tolerated. However, jail sentences for penetration of a child under 16 years and also for assisting in the penetration of a child under 16 years will make it extremely transparent that this is not to be tolerated.  Also naming these people for what they are, paedophiles, would make it clearer that a firm stance will be taken on this issue.

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