First Australian conviction for an exit trafficking offence

31 Mar 2021

A man was convicted for trafficking his wife and two month old baby daughter to India in January, becoming the first Australian to be convicted for an exit-trafficking offence.

Exit trafficking occurs when a person forces someone to leave Australia using coercion, threats or deception. It is an offence under section 271.2 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The man attempted to withdraw his wife’s visa application, preventing her from returning to Australia. The woman managed to return to Australia two months later and alerted authorities to the situation.

He was charged by the AFP and sentenced to 21 months in jail.

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