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Internet brides abused and held captive in Australian homes

For Australia's 'internet brides', the reality of wedded bliss is abuse and exploitation

Between 3,000 and 7,000 people move to Australia on 'Prospective Marriage' visas each year. An explosion of social media sites promoting prospective young Asian brides has caused a spike in abuse and exploitation, with reports some women are being held captive in suburban homes in situations that could constitute human trafficking.

Key points:Up to 7,000 people move to Australia on 'Prospective Marriage' visas each year.

There has been a spike in abuse in recent years, with reports women are held.

Registered Migration Agents need to be alert and aware of clients presenting with these relationship characteristics.  The majority will be genuine relationships, but if something doesn't seem right or agents have a bad gut feeling about a couple, please email me or another colleague to ask for a second opinion.  Test the veracity of your clients statements.  "How did you meet?" is a good start.  

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  • Guest
    Kevin N Monday, 03 June 2019

    seven thousand applicants? who is granting these visas?

  • M. T. Regine - Kong
    M. T. Regine - Kong Monday, 10 June 2019

    That is a lot of applications and unfortunately the partner visa program is a double edged sword. It allows for a lot of couples to stay happily together but you have the few that use it as a convenient way to bypass the system.

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