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Forced marriage an emerging problem in Australia despite laws, welfare groups say
by Liz Hobday
Hundreds of women in Australia are still being forced into marriage despite the practice being made illegal just over a year ago, Victorian welfare groups have said.
Laws passed by the Labor government in 2013 made it illegal to coerce, threaten or deceive someone into marriage.
And while Victorian authorities have yet to prosecute anyone under the new laws, forced marriage has been described as an emerging problem in Australia and many cases are thought to go unreported.
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