Documents released this week, the Australian Federal police indicate that at least 57 Muslim girls were forced to marry adult men during the last two years.
It is reported that some of them no older than 9 years, writes on Tuesday, September 12, a news site Seven News.
Most of these girls are native of Sydney, two live in the Murrumbidgee, one in Hunter and one Illawarra. These regions are located in the state of New South Wales.
It is reported that two girls were taken abroad and there married.
These documents were published after the press released information about 34-year-old Muslim man from Melbourne, who was arrested on charges of marrying 14-year-old schoolgirl. The wedding ceremony was conducted by Imam Ibrahim Omerdic, who escaped prison.
The Minister of family and community services Prue Howard said that the children are under «heavy pressure» from their parents. And encouraged family and friends to convince girls that they should not marry at such an early age.
Official comments from law enforcement bodies of Australia press has not yet received.