Human trafficking is a brutal, hidden crime that deprives vulnerable people of their fundamental human rights and exploits them for profit. Forced labour, servitude and forced marriage are forms of human trafficking happening in Australia.
The ILO estimates that globally, over 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour, of which around 55% are female and 45% are male. The report estimates that over 5 million children make up this total.
Much work is being done in Australia to prevent and combat human trafficking and to protect and support survivors of human trafficking. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the Australian Government announced that it is awarding $500,000 to four NGOs working to combat human trafficking and slavery. We congratulate ACRATH, Anti-Salvery Australia, The Freedom Partnership – End Modern Slavery and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights who are recipients of the funding.