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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 1638 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Alison Xamon

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Police
Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the issue of forced marriage, and I ask:
(a) how many forced marriage cases were referred to Western Australia Police in:
(i) 2015;
(ii) 2016;
(iii) 2017; and
(iv) 2018 to date?

Answered on 18 October 2018

The Western Australia Police Force advise the following:

(a)  (i)-(iv)   0.    Australia’s slavery, slavery-like (which includes forced marriage) and human trafficking offences are set out in Division 270 and 271 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). As a Commonwealth offence, forced marriage is investigated by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Since 2015, two allegations of forced marriage were brought to the attention of the Western Australian Police Force and referred to the AFP for investigation in 2016.