Reports today indicate that an immigration rort has been going on for some time involving hundreds of teenage girls being brought to Australia to get married under a government visa program. More than 200 17-year-old girls have been granted prospective spouse visas over the past five years mostly from the Middle East or South-East Asia.
In one case a year 10 Lebanese schoolgirl was granted after she arrived on a prospective spouse visa for an arranged marriage to a man many years older than her. The protection visa was granted because her own family threatened to kill her:
She found he was a violent drunk who kept a previous wife and three children in an adjoining townhouse. She was granted a protection visa after her own family threatened to kill her.
"She will be slaughter and killed," the girl's family said in a letter.
"By God, by God I will kill you at the airport and I will bury you in the grave. O you dog.”
Child safety researcher Dr Chris Goddard said the figures were extremely disturbing and joined the call for an inquiry "A thorough audit needs to be done to ensure these children are safe. Is this a program the Australian community really supports? This program seems to enable men to groom children and place them in a very vulnerable position," he said.