Today, on International Women’s Day, we mark three years since the insidious and hidden crime of forced marriage became a Commonwealth offence. While anyone can be a victim of forced marriage, it is young women and girls who are most vulnerable to this slavery-like practice. Thankfully, the criminalisation of forced marriage has empowered young people who are at risk to seek help. The AFP has specialised teams trained to investigate forced marriage cases, and victims can receive assistance through the Government’s Support for Trafficked People Program.

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