Australian migrants trapped in ‘slave-like’ marriages

Kanya thought she was starting a new life in Australia after arriving from India to marry her husband, but it quickly turned into a nightmare.

She was barred from going out alone, forced to cook and clean for her partner’s family, and made to sleep outdoors if she did not complete her tasks.

The fate of the 18-year-old, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, mirrors that of others in “slave-like” relationships that Salvation Army worker Jenny Stanger has taken in at a Sydney refuge for trafficked people in recent years.

The women were lured to Australia by the promise of a happy marriage, only to be exploited by their partners.

 

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/aug/01/australian-migrants-slave-marriages

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