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Human Trafficking Focused on Manual Labour Industries in New Report by Australian Institute of Criminology

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 10, 2010

Human Trafficking Focused on Manual Labour Industries in New Report by Australian Institute of Criminology

Human Trafficking Focused on Manual Labour Industries in New Report by Australian Institute of Criminology

Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor today released an Australian Institute of Criminology report that shows labour trafficking is under reported.

“Human trafficking is not common in Australia, but it is nonetheless a shocking crime that degrades people and subjects them to great personal risk for the gain of criminals.”

“People can be trafficked around the world for labour intensive occupations, sexual servitude or as domestic workers. This report focuses on manual labour industries,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The Gillard Government is keen to do more to combat human trafficking, and this report is the first of a series to be released ahead of the National Roundtable on People Trafficking on November 24.”

“It’s important that we learn more about human trafficking in our region so that we can find the best ways to tackle this crime and protect people from becoming victims,” Mr O’Connor said.

In addition to finding that labour trafficking is likely to be under reported, the report finds that:

  • intermediaries such as agents and recruiters play an important role in perpetrating the crime, not only in the migration process, but also once individuals are working in Australia.
  • permanent residency is used as a lure by some employers as a way of controlling their workers
  • it is important to tackle not only extreme cases of exploitation, but also less serious cases, to avoid more extreme treatment in future and deter workplace attitudes that tolerate exploitation
  • the agricultural, cleaning, hospitality, construction and manufacturing industries are most vulnerable to labour trafficking, as well as domestic work and home help.

“Many Australians are not aware that human trafficking is an issue for Australia. It’s simply not something most people think about.

“But the fact is, Australia is a destination country and we can all do something. By opening our eyes to this problem we can all play a part in detecting this terrible crime and stopping it.”

“Australia has strong laws against human trafficking including jail terms of up to 25 years.”

“And anti-people trafficking laws can just as readily be applied to the exploitation of an industrial cleaner, for example, as to a woman brought to Australia for sex slavery.”

The Gillard Government is dedicating resources to detecting human trafficking, for example we have provided $26.3 million over four years to expand investigations and prosecutions into emerging areas of exploitation. This is in addition to the $1 million provided to Non-Government Organisations that work to support victims of trafficking.

“Effective detection, supported by training, screening tools and processes of cross-referral, is the key to a successful strategy to combat human trafficking in all sectors of our community.”

To view the report visit www.aic.gov.au


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