The Australian Federal Police is cracking down on forced marriages.
The AFP has implemented a trial at Sydney Airport which involves the placement of posters in bathrooms to reach potential victims before they are shipped overseas and forced into marriage.
Forced marriages have been illegal in Australia since 2013 carrying a maximum sentence of 25 years prison.
The AFP’s Debbie Platz said children as young as 10 were being forced into marriage.
“One can only imagine the devastating effects that would have on someone through their childhood and also into their adult lives,” she said.
There were 91 cases reported to police in the past financial year but the AFP said it was still grossly under-reported.
Anti-Slavery Australia’s Jill McKeough said “we’ve had an increase of 76 per cent over the last three years of people coming to us for legal advice”.
The AFP has urged anyone with information on forced marriages to contact the authorities.
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