Make Forced Marriage in Australia a Crime
One of a father’s strongest instincts is to protect his child.
So how could a father force his child into a marriage they didn’t want and
threaten violence, or even death, if they resisted?
It was late afternoon, on a summer’s day in Suburban Sydney. 12 year old Samia Kahn was playing cricket with her family when she found out that she was to be sold out by her parents into a forced marriage arrangement with her cousin.
“I was in shock. I just didn’t know how to cry. I started praying that ‘please God, kill me now’.”
FORCED MARRIAGE is real… and it’s happening here in Australia. It’s estimated that there are 1000 cases every year just like Samia’s and in some instances, the victims are male.
That’s why we need your help to call upon the Australian Senate to pass new legislation on 5 February 2013 that will make forced marriage, and other slavery practices, a crime. The bill will not only help to combat modern slavery in Australia, but will broaden the scope for victims to be given support and assistance.
Tell your member of parliament to pass the Slavery, Slave-Like Practices and Human Trafficking Bill 2012 – and break the cycle of silence and isolation for modern slavery victims in Australia.
- Members of Parliament
I urge you and the Australian Senate to support the Crimes Amendment Legislation (Slavery, Slave-Like Practices and Human Trafficking) Bill 2012 on 5 February 2013 when it is tabled before Parliament. Please ensure Australia is an international leader in the fight against modern slavery and help break the cycle of silence and isolation for the thousands of victims living in Australia.
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