Police are investigating dozens of suspected #forcedmarriages in Australia… and almost all of them involve girls younger than 18 – and one who is just NINE

The Australian Federal Police are investigating the allegations, adding to the other 33 other cases they are looking into across the country since forced marriages were criminalised in 2013. In the past 12 months, a total of 28 referrals have been received by AFP and 21 have been further investigated, according to a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia.

Out of the 42 reports police had received from the community about suspected cases of forced marriages, they had whittled them down to 34 to pursue further.

Almost 30 of the cases had been involved a child under 18 years of age.

An AFP spokeswoman confirmed officers were looking into the suspected case of the nine-year-old but no more information could be provided as investigations were ongoing.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085679/Forced-marriage-girl-9-29-cases-18s-married-off.html#ixzz3aUby1f6N
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