In the recent years there have been an increasing number of high profile cases in the media of Australian girls and young women being forced through the use of threats or deception into marriages without their consent. These women are commonly under 18 years old and are often married to men who they don’t know and who are much older than themselves. In a recent report conducted by Anti-slavery Australia and Plan International examining the extent of forced marriage in Australia, it was estimated that there were at least 250 cases of girls under the age of 18 in what can be described as forced marriages.

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