IDC Report 2016-2017
The Government has tabled the ninth report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery (the IDC), covering the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. The IDC has oversight of the Australian Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19. The report notes that
“During 2016-17, the AFP received 150 new referrals relating to human trafficking and slavery, taking the total to 841 since 2004. In 2016-17, 13 human trafficking and slavery-related prosecutions were before the courts, including seven new prosecutions. As of 30 June 2017, there were two bills before Parliament seeking to strengthen the vulnerable witness protections afforded by the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (Crimes Act). These bills are aimed at overcoming impediments to successfully prosecuting human trafficking and slavery offences.”
Download a copy of the report here.