Further Reading


Beyond Storytelling: Toward survivor-informed responses to modern slavery (2022) This report shines light on the contribution that survivors of modern slavery can make to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Australia’s response to modern slavery. The Mercy Foundation proudly supported this research.

Barriers in accommodating survivors of modern slavery: Working towards safe, suitable and sustainable housing  (2021) This report by the Australian Red Cross examines the short-term and long-term accommodation options one each state and identifies the main barriers to accommodating survivors. The report analysed the availability, accessibility, eligibility and suitability of housing options available.

National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2025 was launched in December 2020. The plan was developed in consultation with civil society organisations, unions, peak bodies and academic researchers and lays out Australia’s response to modern slavery over the next five years.

Service or Servitude: A Study of Trafficking for Domestic Work in Australiaby Heather Moore (2019) is the first report to analyse 30+ cases of domestic servitude in Australia. The report compiles new and existing information from a range of sources, including national and international data on domestic work and migration, current government statistics and personal accounts by individuals who have experienced domestic servitude Australia. The Mercy Foundation supported this research through our grants program.

Lived Experience of Migrant Women: Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait (2019) This study is the result of the stories of 24 women who left their home country for work. Their experiences reflect the exploitation that many migrant women face in domestic work. Section 10 identifies Good Practices and Recommendations for destination countries such as Australia.

Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act Guidance for Reporting Entities  The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 established Australia’s national Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement (reporting requirement). The aim of this Guide is to explain in plain language what entities need to do to comply with the Act.

Practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia Feb 2019, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee, Commonwealth of Australia

Estimating the dark figure of human trafficking and slavery victimisation in Australia 2019 Samantha Lyneham, Christopher Dowling and Samantha Bricknell
A new statistical technique reveals that approximately 1 in 4 victims of human trafficking and slavery are undetected in Australia.

Mercy Foundation Submission Inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act in Australia 2017
Mercy Foundation

When saying no is not an option: Forced marriage in Australia and New Zealand, Samantha Lyneham and Samantha Bricknell
Australian Institute of Criminology 

Hidden Exploitation: Women in forced labour, marriage and migration, Associate Professor Jennifer Burn, Frances Simmons, Jemma Hollonds, Kate Power, Pam Stewart and Nicole Watson
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Anti Slavery Australia

Human trafficking involving marriage and partner migration to Australia, Samantha Lyneham and Kelly Richards
Australian Institute of Criminology

I have a voice – Trafficked women in their own words, Dr Angela Reed RSM and Marietta Latonio RSW worked with 40 Filipino women who were trafficked for sexual exploitation in the Filipino province of Cebu. The research reveals a slow process of victimisation beginning in early childhood, that made them easy prey to traffickers.

Without Choice: Examining Forced Marriage in Australia
RMIT University and Salvation Army

Temporary Migration and Family Violence: An analysis of victimisation, vulnerability and support, Marie Segrave
Monash University

Developing innovative, best practice solutions to address forced marriage in Australia, Laura Vidal
Churchill Fellowships

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