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Australia's response to people trafficking

This is a statement, published at "Australia.to NEWS", from the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice in Australia on the anti-people trafficking strategy of the country.
Australia's response to people trafficking

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These are some quotations from the statement;

 

"The Gillard Government’s anti-trafficking strategy is built around four central pillars: prevention; detection and investigation; criminal prosecution; and victim support and rehabilitation.  Together, this suite of measures is intended to address the full cycle of trafficking, from recruitment to reintegration, and to give equal weight to the critical areas of prevention, prosecution and victim support.

This strategy builds on the work undertaken by the previous Government, and I would like to thank and acknowledge the opposition for their work to combat people trafficking. This is a crime of concern to all and an important bipartisan effort."

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"The Government’s industrial relations reforms, including the Worker Protection Act 2009, introduced new safeguards to protect the rights of foreign workers.   The Fair Work Ombudsman, which was established on 1 July 2009, undertook more than 800 investigations involving foreign workers in the past year.  This resulted in the recovery of more than $500,000 in unpaid entitlements to almost all victims; a clear message to the perpetrators who are seeking to make a profit from their crimes."

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"Addressing the very factors that make people vulnerable to trafficking is an important part of the Government’s national and international strategy to prevent trafficking.  In 2010-11, Australia will provide approximately A$4.3 billion in official development assistance to help reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. The aid program addresses violence against women and children, and includes a number of activities to help combat people trafficking and labour exploitation at the regional level. The aid program also supports NGO projects in the region that raise awareness, strengthen community resilience to trafficking, and support victims.

 

People trafficking is a complex crime.  It is often linked in popular commentary only with sexual servitude.  But as I noted before, the global reality is that people are trafficked for exploitation in many settings, including forced labour in construction, hospitality, agriculture and domestic labour.

 

Combating this form of modern day slavery is challenging.  The perpetrators are sophisticated and nimble, changing their methodology in response to law enforcement activity and migration governance.  And the success of investigations and prosecutions depends in great part upon the assistance of victims of trafficking who are often exposed to intimidation and other risks by the traffickers.

 

Many victims in Australia do not conform to the popular image of people trafficking and slavery which involves abduction, violence and physical restraint.  The situation is more complex. Coercion and control involves a range of subtle methods, such as threats of violence, obligations to repay debt, isolation, manipulation of tenuous or illegal migration situations and a general sense of obligation.  This poses challenges for jurors.  It also poses challenges for individuals and organisations in the community to understand and recognise possible indicators of trafficking."

 

Click at the following link for the full statement: http://australia.to/2010/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5005:the-governments-response-to-people-trafficking&catid=134:news-wire&Itemid=247

 

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