Marriage and Partner Migration to Australia

Marriage & Partner Migration

Australian Institute of Criminology(AIC) Research & Public Policy No 124

Research described in the latest AIC Research & Public Policy Paper is the first in Australia to confirm that marriage has been used to recruit or attract women to Australia for the purposes of exploitation as domestic servants, to provide private or commercial sexual services and/or to be exploited in the home as wives.  The study confirms that marriage and partner migration have been used to facilitate the trafficking of people into Australia.  This form of human trafficking exploits the very personhood of the victim/survivor.  The exploitation described by victims/survivors interviewed for this study include:  assertions of ownership, debt bondage, deprivation of liberty, threat of deportation, labour exploitation (commercial and domestic), confiscation of passports and identifying documentation and domestic servitude.

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