MUSLIM men in Australia are trawling “marriage websites” looking for second wives in what Immigration officials say is a growing illegal trade.
And Muslim leaders have warned that men who take second wives from overseas face jail or deportation.
A Sunday Herald Sun investigation has found Muslim men are using the internet to attract second wives with promises of financial security.
Immigration officials are investigating a growing number of second marriages and say anyone found to have committed bigamy will be prosecuted.
“Muslims are required to follow the law of the land and since the law of Australia prohibits a second marriage, Islamic law will also prohibit it,” Islamic Council of Australia spokesman Mohamad Abdalla said.
Victorian Women’s Affairs Minister Mary Delahunty said websites that depicted women as chattels were a disgrace.
“Muslim women must be protected by Australian laws,” Ms Delahunty said.
Australian men are among thousands who log on to matrimonial sites such as muslimunions.com and qiran.com to find a spouse.
The Sunday Herald Sun investigation identified 77 married men in Australia who were looking for a second wife.
A reporter registered on the sites, posing as a young Muslim woman from Pakistan, and was able to search through the profiles of potential husbands.
The men, aged between 18 and 60, promised their brides houses and financial security provided they accept male leadership and wear a hijab after the wedding…