Australian news

Posted in September 1st, 2016
by ACRATH
  • What She Makes October 30, 2017 OXFAM Campaign for a Fair Wage for Garment Workers https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=WfVWt3Z1d3g Did you know the women who make our clothes aren’t paid enough to escape poverty. No matter how hard they work, they can’t afford basic food and shelter for their families — wages are just too low. A life of poverty can leave people vulnerable to human trafficking ...
  • NSW Inquiry into Human Trafficking October 30, 2017 Report Tabled in NSW Parliament Throughout 2017 the NSW Government has been conducting an inquiry into human trafficking. Following a call for submissions, public hearings were conducted. On 19th October the Inquiry Committee tabled the report of its finding in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament. A copy of the report along with submissions, transcripts of ...
  • ACRATH News October 24, 2017 ACRATH Newsletter October 2017 The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue gives an update regarding the campaign for a Modern Slavery Act. ACRATH has been very active in this campaign. Join the Campaign You are invited to join with ACRATH in advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Page 1 of the ACRATH ...
  • Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism October 10, 2017 Reviewing Australian Legislation The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism. In particular the inquiry is investigating the offence of Organ Trafficking under division 271 of the Criminal Code and whether it would be practicable or desirable for: this offence to have extraterritorial application; and Australia ...
  • Making a Difference September 23, 2017 Iona Presentation College Supports ACRATH Iona Presentation College recently celebrated MAD (Making a Difference) Week, an initiative introduced by the Student Leadership Council (SLC) to promote ways that the Iona girls can get involved in helping others less fortunate than themselves. The college’s core value for 2017 was Social Justice and MAD week was centred on this ...
  • Team ACRATH 2017 in Canberra September 15, 2017 58 Meetings held in 4 Days An energetic team of 8 ACRATH members recently walked the Halls of Parliament. during their meetings with members of Parliament they raised issued concerning forced marriage, a modern slavery act for Australia and funding for Anti human trafficking NGOs. The ACRATH team was heartened by the level of engagement they ...
  • ACRATH in Parliament September 3, 2017 Speaking for the Vulnerable ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) members from WA, NSW and Victoria, will walk the halls of Parliament House for four days this week (September 4-7), urging MPs to do more to combat human trafficking in Australia. It is the 12th year the ACRATH members have taken the case to politicians ...
  • Breaking the Bonds of Human Trafficking and Slavery August 25, 2017 Faith Groups lead the Fight Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past. Sadly this is not so. Faith groups in Australia have taken up the challenge to fight against human trafficking and slavery and to reach out to those who have been affected by this crime. A recent article written by Siobhan ...
  • Modern Slavery and Global Supply Chains August 25, 2017 Government Committee Releases Interim Report Having received submission and held a number of public hearings the interim report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia has been released this week. The report recommends that the Australian Government consider in-principle support for the development of a Modern ...
  • Businesses to Report Slavery in Supply Chains August 16, 2017 Proposed New Legislation The Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced that legislation will be introduced into Parliament requiring large Australian companies to report annually on measures they are taking to combat modern slavery in their supply chains. In the media statement Minister Keenan states: “The proposed reporting requirement will ensure large businesses and other entities ...
  • ACRATH Advocates for Modern Slavery Act August 2, 2017 Public Hearing in Melbourne The Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act. To provide a submission for this inquiry ACRATH partnered with The Freedom Partnership, the Justice and International Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia Victoria and Tasmania ...
  • Minister Announces Anti-Trafficking Funding July 30, 2017  Marking the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons In a media release to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced the Federal Government is committing “$500,000 to four Australian Civil Society organisations for projects to prevent and deter these deplorable crimes. The specialist organisations include the Salvation Army, ...
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 29, 2017 Join the Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking The United Nations has declared 30th July to be the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. To mark this day Talitha Kum (International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons) has released a declaration. Down load the Talitha Kum declaration here. ACRATH is a member of Taitha Kum. We urge ...
  • Human Trafficking, Slavery and Slavery-like Practices Inquiry July 24, 2017 Law Enforcement Committee Releases Report In December 2015, the Parliament of Australia Joint Committee on Law Enforcement initiated an inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Having received submission and conducted public hearings in Sydney Melbourne and Canberra the Committee has released a report on their finding. The report contains 20 recommendations. ACRATH wrote a submission ...
  • Remembering Susan Newland June 17, 2017 A Women of Integrity, Vitality and Sensitivity Susan Newland was a member of ACRATH SA since 2013. In her capacity as Director of the Archdiocesan Resource and Information Centre she actively promoted the work of ACRATH with the Archbishop and  through the Catholic Education Office, the Archdiocesan Office, and Catholic Media. A high point of her ...
  • ACRATH News June 17, 2017 ACRATH Newsletter June 2017 The latest edition of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. Articles in this newsletter tell of the ACRATH National Conference, the World Day of Prayer in the Parramatta Diocese, Slavery Free Chocolate, the Modern Slavery Inquiry and a Forced Marriage Workshop in Perth. Details of the ACRATH Fund Raising Appeal are also ...
  • Groundbreaking Anti-Slavery Project June 8, 2017 A First for Australia’s Health Care Sector Australia’s leading anti-human trafficking group and a major health and aged care provider have joined forces in a groundbreaking effort to change the way hospitals treat trafficked people and how to ‘slavery proof’ the goods and services they use. ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and St Vincent’s ...
  • UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner in Australia June 6, 2017 ACRATH Members Meet Commissioner Hyland The Australian Freedom Network recently hosted an afternoon at Parliament House in Sydney with Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. ACRATH members in Sydney were delighted to be present to hear of the UK experience since the enactment in 2015 of the Modern Slavery Act. Currently in Australia the Commonwealth Government is conducting ...
  • Eliminate Slavery in Supply Chains June 5, 2017 Commitment from Archbishop Anthony Fisher The Archbishop of Sydney, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, appeared before a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Slavery in NSW in March. During his evidence he committed the Archdiocese of Sydney to slavery proofing its supply chains and urged the NSW Government to do the same. Since making this commitment ...
  • An Interview with Sr Margaret May 29, 2017 https://youtu.be/EeYRpxFlSdA Sr Margaret Ng rsj is the current NSW Coordinator of ACRATH. In this clip she is interviewed about her anti-trafficking work.
  • Q & A with ACRATH President May 25, 2017 Global Sisters Report Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons, was recently interviewed about ACRATH’s efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking, to work against this heinous crime and their advocacy on behalf of people ...
  • Speaking on Behalf of Trafficked Women May 21, 2017 2017 One Heart Many Voices Catholic Mission Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTyS3aQs6ZM Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines and is a long time friend of ACRATH. She attended the 2017 One Heart Many Voices Catholic Mission Conference in Sydney recently to speak on behalf of women in Cebu who have been trafficked into sexual exploitation ...
  • Promising Azra May 19, 2017 A Book About Forced Marriage in Australia ‘Promising Azra’, by the Australian writer, Helen Thurloe, was published in 2016.  It is a novel which centres around the life of a sixteen year old student, who because of recent academic success is given a place in a nationwide science competition.  Little does she know that as she prepares ...
  • Best Practice to Combat Forced Marriage May 16, 2017 Exchanging Knowledge, Building Relationships ACRATH joined three other Australian organisations for a forced marriage fact finding mission and information exchange to Jakarta recently. A focus of the two-day event was how to reduce child and forced marriage in Indonesia and Australia. Participants also explored many of the cultural and religious practices driving forced marriage. The April event ...
  • ACRATH at Public Hearing into Human Trafficking May 9, 2017 Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Listens to Evidence from NGOs On Thursday 4th May 2017 ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, gave evidence at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Trafficking. The Joint Standing Committee on Law Enforcement is conducting this inquiry which is looking at: the prevalence of human trafficking in Australia, including in culturally and linguistically diverse communities; the ...
  • 2017 Ethical Fashion Report May 8, 2017 Are Your Garments Ethical? The fourth edition of the Ethical Fashion Report was recently released by Baptist World Aid. It grades over 106 companies… that’s 330 brands! It includes firsthand accounts of what life is like for garment workers around the world. And, for the first time ever, the research has been expanded to include New Zealand’s favourite fashion brands! The ...
  • Labour Exploitation in the Construction Industry April 29, 2017 Australian Institute of Criminology Research Paper There have been a number of alleged cases of labour exploitation involving temporary migrant workers in Australia since the late 1990s. The Australian construction industry was identified as particularly problematic, with allegations of deception in relation to work contracts, lack of compliance with employment standards, limited autonomy and threats of ...
  • Interview at 2017 ACRATH Conference April 29, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5BJ2mBW-ZA Umes, a participant at the 2017 ACRATH National Conference, explains how human trafficking differs in Australia and Nepal.
  • Rana Plaza Anniversary April 25, 2017 Four Years on Has Anything Changed? Who could forget the scenes of devastation that we saw on 24th April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 garment workers? Now four years on what has changed? The New Daily reports that after the tragedy 200 international apparel brands and retailers from about 20 ...
  • The Problem with Chocolate April 15, 2017 Sr Sarah Puls speaks about Slavery in the Cocoa Industry In a recent interview aired on ABC Radio National ACRATH member, Sr Sarah Puls sgs, spoke on the link between chocolate and child slavery. Sarah explained that most of the chocolate we eat in Australia comes from West Africa. People in this area are at risk of exploitation because ...
  • A Matter of Taste March 31, 2017 Help Drive the Demand for Traffik-free Chocolate Since the more recent media exposé of the traffcking of children and child labour on cocoa farms in 2000, the chocolate industry has been trying to address the issue, albeit sometimes slowly. All of the major chocolate manufacturing companies now have a Code of Conduct – a promise to protect the environment and the human rights and ...
  • Commitment to Fight Against Human Trafficking March 31, 2017 Change can Happen Newly elected ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons sm, believes that when people work together change can happen. “It doesn’t matter how small your action is; just do it and tell others about it. Just take one step to counter human trafficking and change will happen.” Human trafficking is an enormous global tragedy and, sadly, ...
  • What comes First? the Child or the Egg March 22, 2017 Your Choice is Your Voice STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the ...
  • #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day 2017 The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity. Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or ...
  • Slavery-free Easter February 28, 2017 Will Your Easter Eggs  Be Slavery-free? In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of ...
  • ACRATH Acknowledges Sr Anne Tormey rsm February 27, 2017 Thank You for Your Commitment and Vision At the recent ACRATH National Conference, Sr Anne Tormey rsm (on right in photo) stepped down as President of ACRATH. In thanking Anne for her three years of leadership, Carmel Heagerty rsm reflected: Anne gifted us with: her capacity to listen, even when many wanted their voices heard at National Committee ...
  • Sister of Mercy to Take Up UN Role February 24, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHt7ZfAxctU Congratulations to Sr Angela Reed, an Australian Sister of Mercy and Member of ACRATH. On 1st March Angela will take up her new role as MIA (Mercy International Association) Global Action Coordinator at the UN in New York. Angela is a graduate of RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Melbourne, Australia, where ...
  • Reflecting on the 2017 ACRATH Conference February 19, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcijZGaZiCw Having attended her first ACRATH Conference Sr Elizabeth Young rsm shares some thoughts on the experience.
  • Human Trafficking – Its Reality and Consequences February 8, 2017 World Day of Prayer Media Release The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and ACRATH have released a media statement for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking which is held each year on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. “On the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita today, 8 February, bishops and religious ...
  • Human Trafficking And Slavery January 19, 2017 A Response From Australian Catholics On the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking join Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta Diocese, and Sr Noelene Simmons sm, NSW Regional Co-ordinator of ACRATH to learn what you can do to work against human trafficking and Slavery. The World Day of Prayer is ...
  • Australian Government Response to Human Trafficking December 22, 2016 Report of Interdepartmental Committee 2015-2016 The eighth  report of Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery Practices has been released. The report outlines the work of the Australian Government and its partners to combat human trafficking and slavery in the period 1st July  2015 – 30th June 2016. The report indicates that the Australian Federal Police  received ...
  • Workplace Exploitation, Human Trafficking and Slavery December 22, 2016 Australian Institute of Criminology Publication The Australian Institute of Criminology has released the latest paper in the Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice series (No. 527?December 2016). This publication, Migrating for work and study: The role of the migration broker in facilitating workplace exploitation, human trafficking and slavery, examines the role of migration brokers in alleged ...
  • ACRATH News December 14, 2016 ACRATH Newsletter December 2016 The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. It  includes information about recent and upcoming events including: Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics – The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery. Bakhita Day 8 ...
  • 8th Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery December 5, 2016 Government Collaboration with Civil Society ACRATH participated in the 8th National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery held in Parliament House Canberra on Monday 28th November. Convened by the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and  Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, the meeting was attended by government agencies, civil ...
  • Special Rapporteur For Migrants in Australia November 22, 2016 Visit of UN Human Rights Expert The UN Special Rapporteur for Migrants is Mr François Crépeau. Special Rapporteurs are independent from any government or organization. Their role is to make fact finding visits to countries to investigate human rights compliance for various themes. Mr Crépeau visited Australia 1-18 November “to assess, in a spirit of cooperation and ...
  • Learning About Human Trafficking November 17, 2016 Training Day for Teachers On Friday 28th Oct, the Education group conducted the fourth of its major Education Training days for senior secondary teachers. Once again Melbourne Catholic Education supported ACRATH by providing the venue and catering for the participants, in addition to granting Professional Development Accreditation  to participants. We were delighted to have three excellent ...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery November 15, 2016 ACSJC and ACRATH announce a new paper on human trafficking The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery. ‘Human trafficking and similar forms of exploitation affect every country on earth. They flourish because of society’s greed for cheap goods and services and ...
  • ACRATH Members Learn of United Nations Mechanisms November 10, 2016 Franciscans International Training Day Mr Budi Tjahjono, Asia Pacific Coordinator for Franciscans International (FI), facilitated a training day in which participants learnt about the United Nations Mechanisms on Human Rights, including the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and the Human Rights Treaty Bodies. Seven NSW ACRATH members were in attendance. Following on from Budi’s excellent presentation participants were able to ...
  • Motion to Provide Forced Marriage Awareness Raising November 9, 2016 Work of ACRATH Supported Mr Graham Perrett MP, ALP Member for the Federal electorate of Moreton put forth a motion in the House of Representatives on Monday 7th November calling on the Federal Government to “immediately renew funding to further provide awareness of child marriage and forced marriage in Australian schools and the broader community.” In ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 5, 2016 Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 11 The November 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights forced labour abuses and technological methods being employed to expose and correct these. The work being done in Australia by Baptist World Aid to investigate suppy chains in the fashion and electronic industries is outlined. Read more…
  • Young Girls at Risk of Forced Marriage November 1, 2016 Forced Marriage is a Criminal Offence in Australia Despite legislation being introduced to criminalise forced marriage in Australia in 2013 the practice is continuing. Young girls are being taken out of Australia to marry men who are often much older. This is a form of child trafficking. Here in Australia they are also being taken out ...
  • Trafficking Victims Need Compensation October 25, 2016 Compensation is a Right not a Privilege Human trafficking and slavery happens here in Australia. People are being exploited and controlled in situations of  servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting for labour services, forced marriage and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a heinous crime that violates a person’s human rights.  Human trafficking is a federal crime. To empower ...
  • Sr Mary Mercer rsj October 4, 2016 Woman of Faith & Graciousness, True Follower of St Mary Mackillop St Ignatius Church in Norwood, Adelaide, was filled to capacity with people of all ages for the requiem Mass for Sr Mary Mercer on Tuesday 4 th October. Members of ACRATH SA were among this gathering of people whose lives Mary had touched and who were ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy Report September 23, 2016 2016 Visit to Federal Parliament The latest issue of ACRATH News provides a report on ACRATH’s recent visit to Federal Parliament. Over a four day period ACRATH met with 51 Members of Parliament, including 4 meetings with Ministers and Ministerial advisors. The MPs were from the Government, the Opposition and the Crossbench; they were from both the House of ...
  • 2016 Advocacy Visit to Federal Parliament September 18, 2016 Speaking on Behalf of People Who Have Been Trafficked During the week beginning Monday 12th September, twelve members of ACRATH met with members of Federal Parliament to advocate on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. ACRATH asked for measures to be put in place to protect the human rights of overseas workers brought to Australia ...
  • ACRATH Attends Anti-Human Trafficking Events August 15, 2016 Advocating for People Trafficked into Australia ACRATH Members were present on 4 August at the Australian Government event to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking. The theme of the events was ‘How can government, civil society and the private sector work together to more effectively combat human trafficking?’ Chaired by Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, HE Andrew ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2, 2016 Latest ACRATH News Once again the ARATH Newsletter highlights the many activities ACRATH members have been engaged in across Australia during recent months. Read about human trafficking awareness raising events in Western Australia, Music for Freedom in NSW, engagement with Australian Catholic University students, a religious education conference in Melbourne and a forced marriage awareness raising and education ...
  • Cotton On Sourcing Ethical Cotton in Kenya July 27, 2016 Ethical Fashion Products Soon to Be in Australian Stores The Australian Newspaper recently reported that Cotton On has been working towards selling ethical fashion products in Australian stores by sourcing cotton from farmers in Kenya. Working in partnership with Business for Development (BFD), the hope is to develop sustainable sources of cotton. Tim Diamond, the general manager of ...
  • Human Trafficking Prosecutions June 2, 2016 Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 6 Worldwide the number of prosecutions for human trafficking is low. In the latest issue of the Anti-trafficking Review read about the practical and policy issues affecting the number of human trafficking prosecutions. This review contains a guest editorial article by Australian Anne T Gallagher AO – The Problems and Prospects of Trafficking ...
  • Second Child Trafficking Conviction in Australia May 30, 2016 Father Abuses Twin Girls A Victorian man has been convicted of thirty seven charges including two counts of child trafficking and twenty of incest. He paid an overseas surrogate to give birth to twin daughters who he then brought to Australia. He filmed himself sexually abusing the girls and then shared the footage with other paedophiles. The abuse took place over ...
  • Preventing Exploitation of Migrant Workers May 19, 2016 Working to Inform Workers of their Rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwZZR-3y9_Y ACRATH members in Bundaberg are working to ensure that migrant workers in the area are informed of their rights as workers. There hope is to prevent migrant workers know who they can turn to for support so that they can avoid being exploited and avoid situation of forced labour.
  • Music for Freedom May 18, 2016 Students Donate Their Time to Promote Freedom Music for Freedom, held in Strathfield on 14th May, was opened by Jodi McKay MP, the member for Strathfield, and compared by John Cleary from ABC Radio. The event was held to raise awareness about the existence of human trafficking and slavery in our world and to raise funds to ...
  • ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide April 30, 2016 Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars https://youtu.be/Fd2vCP9jr8c Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.
  • 2016 Australian Fashion Report April 21, 2016 The Truth Behind the Barcode Baptist World Aid Australia have released the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. In a media release to introduce the report it is noted that “when it comes to the efforts of the Australian fashion industry, we’re continuing to see even more progress!” The report covers 87 companies representing over 300 ...
  • Loreto Sisters at the UN April 18, 2016 Prevent Human Trafficking The Loreto Sisters (IBVM) have devoted the latest issue of IBVM at the United Nations to the issue of Human Trafficking.  The Newsletter shares stories of awareness raising, advocacy, prayer and direct attention to victims. It includes articles about how parish interfaith groups can work to eliminate human trafficking, human trafficking and forced labour in supply ...
  • A Matter of Taste April 13, 2016 The Impact of Certification Systems Since 2000 the world has been aware of the scandal of children being trafficked to harvest and produce cocoa in West Africa. In 2001 the global chocolate industry publically acknowledged the use of forced, child and trafficked labour in their operations and signed a collective agreement – the Harkin-Engel Protocol – to ...
  • International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery March 24, 2016 Australia’s Commitment to Being a Regional Leader Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery was launched in Bali on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The documents states: “To better realise the vision of Australia as a regional leader in combating human trafficking and slavery, this strategy will amplify the impact of Australia’s international efforts by: 1. setting strategic priorities for our ...
  • Celebrating International Womens’ Day in Canberra March 24, 2016 ACRATH Member Speaks of Human Trafficking To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day the Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, in Canberra, hosted a Women’s Breakfast event at which Sr Genny Ryan OSU was asked to speak about the work of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). Approximately 35 women attended this event.  ...
  • Talitha Kum Declaration March 22, 2016 Networking Against Human Trafficking Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. ACRATH is a member of the Talitha Kum network. Working as a network facilitates collaboration and the interchange of information between consecrated men and women in 70 countries. Talita Kum is an expression that is found in the Gospel ...
  • Human Rights-Life Course Five Point Framework To Address Human Trafficking March 6, 2016 Sr Angela Reed rsm Speaks at the Special High Level Event at the UN Sister of Mercy and member of ACRATH, Sr Angela Reed, is currently in residence at the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Global Action Office at the UN in New York. She recently made an oral intervention at the Special High Level Event at the ...
  • Seeking the End of the Line for Human Trafficking March 4, 2016 Encourage the Government to Act Human trafficking and forced labour occurs in industries in Australia such as construction, the meat industry, manufacturing, hospitality and people who are forced to live-in as house keepers. Goods imported from overseas can be tainted by forced labour, human trafficking and slavery. People coming to work in Australia from overseas expect ...
  • Consumers Urged to Rethink Electronic Purchases February 25, 2016 2016 Ethical Electronics Guide The 2016 Electronics Industry Trends report released  by Baptist World Aid and Not For Sale shows the electronics industry has not made sufficient progress in implementing steps to protect workers. “Forced labour, child labour and exploitation remain as significant problems in the supply chain of the electronics Industry. This is the most valuable ...
  • Will Your Easter be #traffikfree February 25, 2016 The Good Egg Guide In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter eggs. Look for Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ  labeled products. The label tells us steps have been taken to prevent and disrupt this abuse. Want to know which eggs are #traffikfree in shopping ...
  • NO to Exploitation, YES to Dignity February 23, 2016 2016 ACRATH National Conference ACRATH members from around Australia gathered in Sydney 16-18 February for the ACRATH National Conference. The theme of the conference was NO to Exploitation, YES to DignitySr Anne Tormey rsm, President of ACRATH, opened the conference with a reflection on the Year of Mercy and the presentation of her annual report. Understanding and ...
  • Ethical School Uniforms??? January 18, 2016 Exploitation of Workers On Sunday 17th January the Sydney Morning Herald reported that while major retailers in Australia are selling some items of school clothing for as little as $2, the factory workers making these items are being paid wages that do not provide for their basic living expenses.  In Bangladesh wages can be up to 45 ...
  • Human Rights in Supply Chains January 12, 2016 In Australia businesses are discovering that protecting human rights is not just the right thing to do but it is also good for business. As key manufacturers and purchasers of labour, materials and products, the Australian business community finds it cannot turn a blind eye to human rights abuses in its supply chains, regardless of whether businesses’ contributions are direct ...
  • Speaking About Modern Day Slavery December 7, 2015 ABC Radio – Sunday Nights with John Cleary John Cleary, host of Sunday Nights, ABC Local Radio’s weekly national program that opens up conversations on important issues concerning religion, spirituality, ethics and values, invited four guests to speak on modern day slavery following on from the launch of the Australian Freedom Network in Canberra on 2nd December. ...
  • We Can Make a Difference December 2, 2015 Archbishop Denis Hart Makes Declaration Against Modern Slavery On December 2, Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, joined with other faith leaders of Australia to make a declaration against modern slavery. This event launched the Australian Freedom Network. “In the words of Pope Francis, today slavery is rooted in the notion of the human being ...
  • Forced Marriage Laws Strengthened in Australia December 2, 2015 Clearer Definition and Stronger Penalties for Offenders The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Act 2015 came into force on Friday 27 November 2015. This act makes it clear forced marriage includes situations where a person is not able to understand the nature and effect of marriage for reasons such as age and mental ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2016 November 30, 2015 Anti-Trafficking Resource Calendar National and international efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labour in Australia are showcased in ACRATH’s 2016 calendar produced by long time ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) member Sr Janine Bliss fmm. The calendar illustrates the range of projects and people collaborating to combat the problem, described by ...
  • International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women November 25, 2015 White Ribbon Day 2015 Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). In 1999 the United Nations called on all governments, organisations and NGOs ...
  • Freedom Award for Sr Maree Marsh csb November 8, 2015 Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards 2015 Congratulations to ACRATH member Sr Maree Marsh csb who has been awarded a 2015 Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. The Anti-Slavery Freedom Awards recognise  the outstanding work and contributions of individuals and organisations for initiatives against slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking .Maree’s award acknowledged the ...
  • ACRATH Member at UNANIMA International November 3, 2015 Beginning Internship at UNANIMA Having recently begun her experience as an intern at UNANIMA International ACRATH member, Susan Newland, was asked to introduce herself in the UNANIMA International Newsletter. She wrote: “‘In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.’ (This comment written by ...
  • Report of Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking October 30, 2015 Australian Government Response to Trafficking in Persons The seventh report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery was tabled in Federal Parliament recently.  This report provides an outline of the work of Australian Government agencies during the 2014-2015 period. In the executive summary it states: “The Australian Federal Police received 119 new referrals relating to ...
  • Vale Pauline Coll sgs, AOM October 11, 2015 A Passion for Justice and the Promotion of Human Rights ACRATH members mourn the loss of Good Samaritan Sister, Pauline Coll, co-founder of ACRATH. Pauline, a true Good Samaritan woman, recognised the unmet needs of vulnerable people being trafficked into Australia, and determined to address these.  Pauline had a passion for justice and the promotion of human ...
  • ACRATH Education Resource October 5, 2015 Training Day for Secondary Teachers On 4th Sept.2015, the Education Committee of the Victorian Region of ACRATH led by Ms Anne Walsh held a Training Day for senior secondary teachers on the Education Program as found on the website. We were fortunate to be sponsored and financially supported by the Melbourne Catholic Education Office without which ...
  • Freedom Sunday – 18th October 2015 September 29, 2015 Global Day of Worship, Prayer and Action on Human Trafficking In 2015 Freedom Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 18th October. Churches all over the world will join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world our compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited emotionally, phsyically and ...
  • Make Fashion Traffik Free September 24, 2015 Join a Fashion EXCHANGE Event SWAP, LEARN & BUY to play your part in making fashion free from human trafficking! Clothes Swap = Bring Clothes to Swap. For every item you bring you will receive a token to choose an item (NB: Women’s fashion and accessories ONLY) WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING? LISTEN to inspiring speakers SEE a fashion show, VIEW the STOP THE TRAFFIK ...
  • Speaking Up about Forced Marriage September 20, 2015 Jasvinder Sanghera to Visit Australia ACRATH is pleased to be supporting the visit of Jasvinder Sanghera, a forced marriage survivor and an internationally renowned author and activist. For the first time in Australia, Jasvinder will share her life story and help break the silence on violence against women. Join an event from from 6-8pm for drinks, canapés and a conversation that matters. Tickets ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report September 18, 2015 ACRATH Newsletter September 2015 Eleven ACRATH advocates were in Canberra for advocacy from 06 to 11 September. During the visit ACRATH was able to acknowledge the recent positive changes to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework and the establishment of the Supply Chains Working Group of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. The two main advocacy points for this ...
  • The Voices of Trafficked Women September 16, 2015 Listening, Relating, Responding Sister of Mercy and ACRATH Member, Angela Reed rsm, has given a human face to victims of sex trafficking in the Philippines, the country where she chose to do her Ph D research, aided by her bi-lingual Filipina assistant, social worker and university lecturer Marietta (Mayet) Latonio. Through her research she explored the complex ...
  • Exploiting Vulnerable Workers September 3, 2015 Migrant Workers Exploited A Four Corners Repot has revealed that migrant workers in 7-Eleven stores around the country are being paid minimal wage and working long hours. Instead of the award wage of $24/hour some workers are receiving as little as $10/hour with no weekend or penalty rates. One worker reported not having been paid for ...
  • Aiming to Reduce Violence Against Women September 1, 2015 Family Safety Pack The Australia Government has recently released a Family Safety Pack in an effort to reduce violence against women, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. It provides information  on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage. The pack also explains the rights of women coming into ...
  • Enhanced Monitoring Program on Human Trafficking and Slavery September 1, 2015 Australian Institute of Criminology Research The Australian Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015–19 reports “the Australian Institute of Criminology is developing a human trafficking and slavery monitoring framework for the Australia (and the Asia-Pacific region) that will improve our evidence base for trends and patterns of trafficking activity.” A Technical and Background Paper (No ...
  • Hair Stylists Support Survivors of Human Trafficking August 31, 2015 ACRATH Involved in Style for Life Day On Sunday 26 July, ABC 774 Melbourne and radio announcer Libbi Gore presented the Great Broadcast and Blow-dry live from a Hair Salon in Point Cook, Victoria. The radio segment was in support of the Style for Life Day; a campaign in which hair salons all over Australia donated their time to ...
  • I HAVE A VOICE: Trafficked Women in Their Own Words August 28, 2015 Ground-breaking Book on Trafficking Launched A ground-breaking book, focussing on the lives of 40 trafficked women in the Philippines and the sinister and structural oppression of young women on which the sex trade thrives has been launched. The book, by Sister of Mercy Angela Reed PhD, overturns the popular and sensationalised image of trafficking as a ...
  • Help Stop Human Trafficking Concert August 20, 2015  ACRATH Fundraiser in Western Australia You can be entertained and help stop Human Trafficking at the same time.  Come along to the Help Stop Human Trafficking Fundraising Concert on Sunday 30th August at the Loreto Nedlands Performing Arts Centre, 69 Webster Street Nedlands. Be seated at 2pm for a 2.15pm start. Artists for the afternoon include Terry Burridge, ...
  • Combatting Forced Marriage in Australia August 13, 2015 House of Representatives Passes New Legislation The Hon Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, has announced the passing of new legislation on Forced Marriage by the House of Representatives.  These laws clarify what constitutes a forced marriage and introduce tougher penalties for those who cause a forced marriage to occur. Under the new legislation a child under ...
  • David Jones Launches Ethical Sourcing Programme August 13, 2015 David Jones “Helper, Leader and Encourager” David Jones Chief Executive, Ian Nairn, has launched the David Jones’ Ethical Sourcing Program.  The hope is that all 1,600 brands in the department store, whether fashion, cosmetics, electronics or any other product, will eventually become sustainable, environmentally friendly, and child and slave-labour free.  Nairn said David Jones he said was gearing ...
  • Jail Sentence for Father of Child Bride July 17, 2015 Twelve Year Old Girl Married in Ceremony at Family Home The father of a twelve year old girl has been sentenced to six years in jail after he allowed her marriage.  The girl, now thirteen, was married to a 26-year-old man in a ceremony by a local sheikh at the family home in the Hunter Valley last year. ...
  • Teaching Resource on Fair Trade July 16, 2015 Year 9 Geography at Kildare College Year 9 Kildare College students have been studying the impact Fair Trade can have on people in developing countries; in particular they explored what this means for the cocoa farmers around the world. During the unit students were posed the question ’Should supermarkets stock only Fair Trade chocolate?’ The classes created ...
  • Fair Food for Australia June 24, 2015 Support the Fair Food Agreement Many of you will be aware that some workers, particularly those coming into Australia on a range of visas, are working in conditions that are unjust. This issue was highlighted in a recent edition of the ABC’s Four Corners program, Slaving Away. Find the Four Corners program here. Governments, unions and justice organisation, including ...
  • Slavery on Thai Fishing Vessels June 16, 2015 Kidnapped, Sold and Enslaved Recently 550 young men from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand crawled out of Benjina’s jungle, out of incarceration in tiny iron cages and off the decks of fishing boats. They had been slaves, kidnapped, sold and coerced as boys in their home countries, only to be brutalised for years by Thai fishing masters ...
  • Australian Visa Reforms Welcome May 27, 2015 New Visa Framework for People Trafficked into Australia In a media release on Wed 27 May 2015  two federal government Ministers announced visa changes for people trafficked into Australia. The changes address concerns we in ACRATH have raised with the federal government over and over again during the past 6 years. I just want to acknowledge the ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2015 May 13, 2015 Latest ACRATH News The May 2015 issue of ACRATH News is now available.  It reports on experiences of networking in Rome, the 2015 Easter campaign and current advocacy issues.  An update on the government funded Forced Marriage Project is given. Liz Payne, the new employed Forced Marriage Project Worker, is also introduced. To find out more about ACRATH’s ...
  • Fair Trade Fortnight, 8-22 May May 10, 2015 You Can Make a Difference Buying Fairtrade products means supporting better working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers in developing countries.  Farmers then have more control over their lives and can decide how to invest in their future. When you buy Fairtrade products you can be confident that the product has been produced according to ...
  • Australian Fashion Report 2015 May 5, 2015 Behind the Bar Code The Australian Fashion Report recently released by Baptist World Aid points to the increased risk of child and forced labour in the garment industry because most local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains. Gershon Nimbalker co-author of the report said while there had been improvements at the final ...
  • Slavery in Australia April 6, 2015 Labour Trafficking Conviction A Federal Court Judge has ordered that an Indian man trafficked to Australia and exploited in a restaurant in a Sydney suburb be paid $186,000 by the restaurant owner.  The man had been brought into Australia on a 457 visa and kept in slave-like conditions by his employer.  His passport and visa had been confiscated, ...
  • Advocating for Certified Easter Eggs March 26, 2015 ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK Collaborate for #Traffikfree Easter Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016. We invite you to take the same message to the supermarkets. Your efforts could help to bring about an end ...
  • Take Action This Easter March 25, 2015 Let’s get their attention! Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free. Coles http://store-locator.coles.com.au and Woolworths http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/website/tools/store+locator. Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification ...
  • Federal Government Acts to Prevent Forced Marriage March 20, 2015 Safety Plan Guidelines and Introductionn of New Legislation on Forced Marriage On 19th March 2015 Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, announced that to assist young women and girls at risk of forced marriage in developing secret safety plans to escape the illegal practice the Australian Government has uploaded a how-to guide to the Attorney-General’s Department website.  The ...
  • ACRATH in Karratha March 20, 2015 Raising Awareness in the Karratha Community West Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been busy raising awareness about human trafficking in Karratha. Concerned community members had raised concerns about human trafficking and so one of their group set about organising a number of workshops and a display.  Brianna was delighted to be invited to present at ...
  • Thinking About Which Easter Egg to Buy? March 18, 2015 Make Your Easter #Traffikfree Download the Good Egg Guide. It will give you and your family a large selection of Certified Easter Eggs to choose from! Can’t find certified Easter Eggs in your local supermarket?  Next time you are shopping hand over an Easter leaflet to ensure your local supermarket knows how important it is to you ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2015 March 16, 2015 Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter provides a summary of the 2015 ACRATH National Conference.  The Conference was an opportunity for ACRATH members to reflect on the global context in which they work and a time to reflect on the ten year history of ACRATH.  Sr Angela Reed presented on her recently completed PhD thesis, Exploiting Vulnerability: ...
  • ACRATH National Conference 2015 March 10, 2015 Global Learnings Impact on the Australian Reality The 2015 ACRATH National Conference took place in Melbourne 25-26 February. The conference opened with a welcome to all to participants, an Acknowledgment of the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the conference was held and the presentation of the ACRATH President’s report by Sr Anne Tormey sm. ...
  • ACRATH Celebrates 10 Years February 26, 2015 Looking Back to Look Forward ACRATH members gathered in Melbourne for their National Conference took time to celebrate the work of ACRATH over the last ten year.  Three founding members of ACRATH, Srs Margaret Ng rsj, Tania De Jong rgs and Louise Cleary csb, were present at the conference and shared their memories of the beginnings of ACRATH. ...
  • One In A Thousand Stories February 25, 2015 Creative Response to Human Trafficking and Forced Labour One In A Thousand Stories is Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour. This 20-page booklet brings together his tapestries, his words, facts and figures and the thoughtful and sometimes challenging words of others working in the area. Brother David, a Salesian Brother, decided to ...
  • Women’s Voices Heard in Sex Trafficking Research February 23, 2015 Research by ACRATH Member Sr Angela Reed rsm Sister of Mercy Angela Reed thought she knew a lot about human trafficking when she managed Mercy Care refuge for six years from 2001. She suspected that some of the women had been trafficked into Australia; now she is certain.  In the past decade, while researching and writing ...
  • Is your Easter Egg TraffikFree February 16, 2015 Help Eliminate Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry Easter is a time of year when a huge amount of chocolate is sold and eaten all around the world. The shocking truth is that children as young as 10 are trafficked and exploited to create chocolate. This year join us as we campaign for #TRAFFIKFREE chocolate. Check out ...
  • Celebrating the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action February 11, 2015 Events in Australia A number of events and publications have highlighted the first World day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking held on Sunday 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Activities included publications in diocesan and parish bulletins, prayers of the faithful at parish masses, talks given by ACRATH members and postings on ...
  • Make Easter Traffik Free in 2015 February 10, 2015 Briefing Sessions ACRATH, as a coalition member of STOP THE TRAFFIK, is participating in the Make Easter Traffik Free in 2015 campaign.  Briefing sessions for those wishing to take part will be held over the coming weeks. To attend a session click on the appropriate link below. Adelaide 12 February Melbourne 17 February Canberra 19 February Brisbane 24 February Sydney 25 February Online ...
  • Call to Combat Human Trafficking February 5, 2015 Reflection by Sr Anne Tormey RSM, President of ACRATH Sunday 8 February, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, marks the first World Day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. An article in Mercy e-News by Sr Anne Tormey, a member of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea(ISMAPNG) and President of ACRATH, helps ...
  • Best Call to Action, Best Use of Social Media February 2, 2015 2015 Restless Press Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media Awards               In the 2015 Inaugural Restless Press Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media Awards ACRATH was placed first in two sections. Best Call to Action and Best Use of Social Media. ACRATH is grateful to all who voted for us.  Thank you for your interest and support. Please continue visiting ...
  • Kidnapped and Sold into Slavery January 28, 2015 Novena Prayer to Saint Bakhita Pope Francis has declared February 8th,the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, to be the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869, in a small village in the Darfur region of Sudan. She was kidnapped while working in the fields with her family and ...
  • Fight the Trade in Human Lives January 28, 2015 Joint Statement from ACBC & ACRATH The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and ACRATH have released a media statement for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.  In this statement Bishop Eugene Hurley, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life said, ‘It is imperative that we begin a journey of personal change ...
  • World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking January 14, 2015 Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, 8th February St Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name: Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” was the name given ...
  • Ambassador to Holy See Visits ACRATH December 14, 2014 Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG in Melbourne Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG, Australian Embassy to the Holy See, visited ACRATH at Albert Park, Melbourne on Friday 12 December 2014.   ACRATH members had the opportunity to share with him the organisation’s objectives and current activities.  The Ambassador responded by sharing with the group the ‘Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders ...
  • National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery December 7, 2014 ACRATH Members Present at Launch ACRATH members were present when the Australian Government recently launched two important documents – the National Action Plan to combat Human Trafficking and Slavery and the Forced Marriage Community Pack. In releasing the National Action Plan Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, said, “Now is the time for a new vision; one ...
  • ACRATH at CSSA Leadership Forum November 6, 2014 Human Trafficking in Australia and Advocacy ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, gave a presentation on human trafficking and modern day slavery at the Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) Leadership Forum held in October.  CSSA envisages a fairer, more inclusive Australian society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation of all people. During her presentation ...
  • Voices of Trafficked & Oppressed Women November 5, 2014 G20 Prayer Vigils PRAYER and fasting has been called for as an act of solidarity with marginalised people around the world whose voices will not be heard in Brisbane’s G20 Leaders Summit on November 15 and 16. The call from Christian Church leaders comes in the midst of a series of prayer vigils around Brisbane churches ...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia November 5, 2014 Numbers Rising Recent media report indicate  that the Australian Federal Police(AFP) are experiencing a rise in the number of human trafficking and forced marriage cases being reported.  However there is still gross underreporting of these crimes and therefore few convictions. Many of those trafficked into Australia are too afraid to come forward.  Victoria Police are working ...
  • Trading Lives October 31, 2014 Government Responds to Human Trafficking and Slavery Report The Trading Lives: Modern Day Human Trafficking report resulted from an inquiry in human trafficking and slavery conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.  The Australian Government response to this report was table in Parliament on October 27th. ACRATH participated ...
  • Freedom Sunday – 19th October. Are you Ready? October 14, 2014 How Will You Take Part? Freedom Sunday is a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking.  On Sunday 19th October 2014 or Saturday 18th October (for those for whom Saturday is the Sabbath), churches all over the world will join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the ...
  • 2014 Canberra Advocacy September 30, 2014 Seeking a Stronger Human Rights Response Fifteen ACRATH advocates were in Canberra from 22 to 25th November speaking on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. During the four days ACRATH members met with 79 Members of Parliament and Advisors. They promoted a stronger rights based approach to support for people trafficked into Australia, a change ...
  • Protect People Trafficked into Australia September 21, 2014 Join the Campaign The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery ...
  • Advocating for the Rights of Trafficked People September 16, 2014 ACRATH Members to Visit Federal Parliament Thirteen ACRATH members from around Australia will make their annual visit to Federal Parliament from 22-25 September 2014 in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. ACRATH has at least 54 meetings scheduled during this advocacy week. During our time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, ...
  • Recovery, Return and Reintegration of Indonesian Victims of Trafficking September 7, 2014 Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no.483 The fifth and final paper in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC) analysis of data from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Counter Trafficking Module (CTM) has been published.  The paper is entitle Recovery, return and reintegration of Indonesian victims of trafficking.  Once a trafficked person ...
  • Journalist Wins Award with ACRATH Article September 6, 2014 Congratulations to Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook Published in the Catholic Outlook November 2013 issue, Virginia Knight’s article Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans took out the award for Best Social Justice Coverage at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards for Excellence 2014.  The awards were presented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, at the ...
  • Freedom – the Movie August 18, 2014 John Newton’s Amazing Grace Freedom is a must see movie that displays courage and hope.  It is the story two men, separated by a hundred years, who share one hope — freedom! In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known ...
  • Students Support Fair Trade Chocolate August 15, 2014 St Aloysius College Adelaide A Fair Trade Chocolate morning tea was recently held at St Aloysius College Adelaide.  This was a fund raising event to raise money for the college’s social justice activities.  It was also an opportunity for students to engage in the campaign to eliminate the worst forms of child labour from the chocolate ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable August 5, 2014 National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, convened the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery on Monday 14th July in Parliament House, Canberra.  Four government Ministers attended the meeting along with government agencies, non-government organisations and industry bodies. At the meeting Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, was able to raise some ...
  • Call to Honour Millenium Development Goal Commitments July 29, 2014 ACRATH Concerned About Foreign Aid Cuts The 2014 Federal Budget outlined cuts to foreign aid.  ACRATH is deeply concerned about this decision.  Alleviating poverty is one means of reducing vulnerability to human trafficking.  We call on the Australian Government to reconsider the announced cuts to foreign aid. In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals called on developed countries ...
  • Just Married, Just a child July 23, 2014 Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region Plan International Australia has released a report entitled Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region.  The report was written by Mark Evenhuis, Plan International Australia (international content) and Jennifer Burn, Anti-Slavery Australia (Australian content).  Child marriage is a breech of the human rights of the child.  It ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter July 2014 July 19, 2014 Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter outlines the activities ACRATH has been engaged in over recent months in order to raise awareness about human trafficking, to advocate on behalf of women, men and children who have been trafficked into Australia and to support those who have been trafficked as they try to recover from their ...
  • Behind the Bar Code June 27, 2014 Electronics Industry Trends Research conducted by international aid and development organisation Baptist World Aid Australia in conjunction with their partner Not for Sale, a U.S. anti-slavery campaign, is the second report in the Behind the Barcode series released by the organisations, stemming from a need to educate consumers to shop ethically.  With mounting pressure on the ...
  • Marriage and Partner Migration to Australia June 16, 2014 Australian Institute of Criminology(AIC) Research & Public Policy No 124 Research described in the latest AIC Research & Public Policy Paper is the first in Australia to confirm that marriage has been used to recruit or attract women to Australia for the purposes of exploitation as domestic servants, to provide private or commercial sexual services and/or to be exploited in the ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 28, 2014 Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 5 The May 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking looks at the the issues concerning oppressive cultural biases and traditions that have led to human trafficking related crimes that affect women and children. One article, Hotline to Help  Child Brides, tells of the efforts of Dr Eman Sharobeem’s efforts to set ...
  • Foreign Aid Cuts a National Disgrace May 23, 2014 ACRATH Speaks Out Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Project C0-ordinator, has made the following comments about cuts to foreign aid announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.  ‘Our aid budget funds among other things access to clean drinking water, education programmes for girls, and counter human trafficking initiatives in our South-east Asian region. These are essentials for some of the ...
  • Free Anti-Slavery On-line Course May 13, 2014 Start Learning Today The first free Australian online training program dealing with trafficking and slavery was recently launched by Sydney-based Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Funded by the Australian Government through the Proceeds of Crime program, the course offers comprehensive training on human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour, debt bondage, ...
  • Freedom Partners May 9, 2014 Safe House Partnership The May issue of Trafficking and Slavery Safe House acknowledges the partnership between the Josephite Counter Trafficking Project  and the Salvation Army.  Sr Margaret Ng and Sr Margaret Lergessner, who are also ACRATH members, have helped clients build a peer support network which is of invaluable benefit to Safe House clients.  Read more...
  • Fairtrade Fortnight 3-18 May 2014 May 6, 2014 Why Fairtrade? Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things Fairtrade and the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
  • Rana Plaza One Year Anniversary April 24, 2014 Fashion Revolution Day On 24th April 2014, the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh which killed at least 1,138 people were killed and injured an estimated 2,500 people, some fashion designers in Australia will be wearing their clothes inside out to indicate that they know where their clothes come from.  They are using the ...
  • Human Trafficking: An Open Wound On Society April 11, 2014 Combating Human Trafficking Pope Francis used strong words to address the Vatican conference Combating Human Trafficking held on 9th & 10th April.   “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”  The conference was attended by Church representatives, law ...
  • Celebrating with Ethical Easter Eggs April 4, 2014 Well Done St Monica’s Epping Students at St Monica’s Epping in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, encouraged by their teacher, Fadi Elbarbar, responded very enthusiastically to a session on slavery free supply chains recently conducted by Joan Kennedy pbvm from ACRATH.  Large copies of the Slavery-Free Chocolate for Easter flyer were displayed in each classroom. This is St Monica’s ...
  • Finding Slavery-Free Chocolates April 4, 2014 Where Should You Look? The hunt for slavery free Easter eggs is on!  In the last few weeks, slavery free campaigners have been out and about looking for ethically sound chocolate.  They have reported that Aldi has large stocks of UTZ certified chocolate, including a reasonably priced pack of small eggs, while Coles is selling Fairtrade ...
  • Ministerial Grant Acknowledges Work of ACRATH March 25, 2014 Federal Grant Enhances Work of ACRATH ACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – has just been advised that Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH of $360,000 over the next three years.   Minister Keenan wrote in a letter to ACRATH: “I recognise ACRATH’s valuable contribution to Australia’s response to ...
  • Congratulations Haigh’s Chocolates March 19, 2014 UTZ Certified Easter Egg and Easter Bilby Haigh’s Chocolate are proud to be the first Australian-owned bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans, which includes a zero-tolerance policy towards trafficked child labour.  UTZ certification puts Haigh’s at the forefront of a sustainable production program that spans cocoa-growing countries ...
  • Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter March 7, 2014 Buy Only Slavery-free Chocolate The Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter campaign was recently launched in Melbourne, Victoria, with students from St Bernard’s College, Essendon and Penleigh Essendon  Grammar School. Let us not forget that even our smallest actions have the capacity to impact on the lives of others.  The Slavery–free chocolate campaign is designed to free those children, ...
  • ACRATH Chairperson’s Report March 4, 2014 “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Sr Maree Marsh csb, the outgoing Chair of ACRATH, recently delivered the ACRATH Annual Report to members gathered at the ACRATH National Conference.  Maree reported, “ACRATH activities taking place across Australia are as many as they are varied.  Education, awareness-raising, advocacy, personal ...
  • New President for ACRATH March 2, 2014 Congratulations Sr Anne Tormey At the AGM held during the ACRATH Conference in Melbourne 27 February – 1 March, Sr Anne Tormey rsm was elected to the position of President of ACRATH.  Anne has been the Regional Coordinator of ACRATH in South Australia for the last three years.   She has had wide experience in administrative roles and ...
  • Under Age and Forced Marriages in Australia February 18, 2014 Coercing Someone to Marry is a Crime It has been alleged that an iman married a 12 year old girl to a 26 year old man in NSW.  The girl has been placed in foster care while the 26 year old has been charged with having sex with a child and the iman has been charged ...
  • Be a Good Egg This Easter February 11, 2014 Buy Slavery-Free Chocolate Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked.  Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending ...
  • Advocacting in the Australian Parliament December 4, 2013 ACRATH Raises Issues with Government From 18th – 21st November  ACRATH visited members of the Australian Parliament in Canberra.  During our visit we congratulated Parliament on passing the legislation, Crimes Legislation Amendments (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013.  ACRATH advocated for a federal compensation scheme for victims of human trafficking, asked the Australian Government to ensure our ...
  • Thank You Rivers November 17, 2013 Rivers Signs the Cotton Campaign Pledge It is with great delight that we announce that Australian owned company Rivers has signed the Cotton Campaign pledge. In signing the pledge they become the 140th label to do so. They are committing to working to ensure that forced child and adult labour does not find its way into their ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 17, 2013 Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 11 The November issue of Stop Trafficking reports on the recent Vatican meeting on human trafficking called by Pope Francis.  Stop Trafficking includes a synopsis of the various talks given during the meeting including that of Australian Professor Anne T Gallagher.  Her paper was entitled “Ending Impunity, Securing Justice and ...
  • Three Charged with Labour Trafficking October 29, 2013 Three People Arrested in Sydney Australian Federal Police have arrested and charged three members of a Filipino-Australian family for their alleged trafficking and exploitation of four young Filipino boxers.  The men had been brought to Australian on sporting visas.  They thought they were going to have professional boxing careers.  Instead they found themselves forced into a debt ...
  • Global Slavery Index 2013 October 27, 2013 162 Individual Countries Ranked The Global Slavery Index 2013 has been produced by the Walk Free Foundation in consultation with experts from international organizations, think tanks and academic institutions.  It provides a ranking of 162 countries around the world, based on a combined measure of three factors: estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, a measure of child marriage, ...
  • Advocates Visit Mondelèz October 21, 2013 When Will Toblerone be Child Slavery Free On Friday 18th October, Anti-Slavery Day, Peter Gilfedder,  Therese Power, Claire Griffin and Christine Carolan from the Victorian ACRATH group joined with a coalition of others to send a message to Mondelèz, one of the world’s biggest chocolate companies. Like other chocolate companies, they have known about child trafficking ...
  • 2013 Freedom Award October 20, 2013 Anti-Slavery Freedom Award to ACRATH ACRATH was honoured at the 2013 Freedom Awards in Sydney. The Awards recognise organisations and individuals dedicated to anti trafficking initiatives in Australia. Deputy Opposition Leader, the Hon Tanya Plibersek presented the 2013 Awards. Ms Plibersek spoke of the big gains resulting from the work of so many people gathered at the University of ...
  • Anti-human Trafficking Day October 18, 2013 Join Hands Against Human Trafficking Today, 18th October, is Anti-Human Trafficking Day in Europe.  It happens today in every country of our world.  Slavery is not a thing of the past. It is estimated that 800,000 women, men and children are trafficked across international borders every year.  Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. Join hands in ...
  • Join the Toblerone Thunderclap October 10, 2013 When Will Toblerone Be Traffik Free STOP THE TRAFFIK has been campaigning since November 2012, asking Mondel?z for two things: When will Toblerone be traffik-free?  When will they release a public timeline committing to certifying the rest of their range? Despite their recent announcements there is still no clear answer to these questions! Your help is needed to get Mondel?z’s attention.  So ...
  • ACRATH Supports Australian Catholic Bishops’ Statement September 15, 2013 The Fight Against World Poverty Conscious that the 2015 target date for the  Millenium Development Goals that were committed to by many nations, including Australia, is drawing near the Australian Catholic Bishops are urging Australians to confront the challenge of world poverty.  The Social Justice Statement 2013-2014 issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has as ...
  • ACRATH Members in USA September 4, 2013 Conferences and Networking Sr Ann Laidlaw dc and Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Projects Coordinator, represented the Australian province at a Daughters of Charity anti trafficking conference in New York in the first week of August 2013. The Daughters of Charity work on trafficking in Australia is through their membership of ACRATH.  While in New York Ann ...
  • Teenagers Put Names on Airport Watch Lists September 2, 2013 Girls as Young as 14 Forced to Marry Overseas Girls as young as 14 are being forced to go overseas to marry older men and have their children according to a recent newspaper report.  These young women are often told by their parents they are going on a holiday but upon arriving at their destination they ...
  • Report into Human Trafficking in Australia September 2, 2013 Research Paper Many Australians would be shocked to know that human trafficking and slavery is taking place in their cities and communities. This research looks at human trafficking in the context of Australia, as a destination country for victims of human trafficking and demonstrates the extent to which it is occurring in Australian states and territories.  This report was undertaken ...
  • Australia’s First Ethical Fashion Report August 27, 2013 Baptist World Aid Report Aims to Empower Consumers The Australian Fashion Report summarises the ethical standards of the fashion industry and provides a detailed grading of the systems fashion brands have in place to protect the workers in the their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.  The report has been condensed into the ...
  • Education Resource Now On-line July 30, 2013 Resource for Secondary School Teachers The ACRATH Education Resource is now on-line. This educational resource has been prepared to assist  secondary school teachers in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking. Developed as 4-step process for teaching about human trafficking: Introduction – Information – Recognition – Action, each step in the process is crucial and ...
  • Slavery Here in Australia July 27, 2013 Woman Held in Domestic Servitude The Saturday AM program on ABC Radio has reported that a Filipino woman who was held in domestic servitude is speaking in an effort to help others who are still trapped in similar conditions.  The woman came to Australia because she was promised a job as a live-in housekeep for a ...
  • Madam Convicted for Sexual Servitude July 9, 2013 “Treated Human Beings as Commodities” In Sydney a woman has been sentenced to  a maximum of six years jail for forcing young Malaysian women into sexual servitude.  In sentencing the woman the sentencing judge said the woman had been treated “not as human beings but as commodities – machines to make money.”  The women had been ...
  • New Protection for Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims July 9, 2013 Attorney-General Announces New Legislation Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC has announced that the Crimes Legislations (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protections and Other Measures) Bill 2013 has been passed by the Australian Parliament.  This legislation will make it possible for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence via closed-circuit television, video recording or video-link and to have a support ...
  • 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report July 2, 2013 Less than 1,000 Days to Achieve 2015 Targets In releasing the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon indicated that the “MDGS have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”  Among significant achievements is the fact that the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved.  However, 1.2 billion people ...
  • Parliamentary Inquiry Report Acknowledges ACRATH June 27, 2013 Trading Lives:  Modern-day Human Trafficking A report from an inquiry into slavery, slavery-like conditions and people trafficking conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade was tabled in Federal Parliament on Monday 24th June 2013.  In tabling the report entitled Trading Lives: Modern-day Human ...
  • Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims May 30, 2013 Attorney General Introduces New Legislation to Parliament On 29th May 2013 Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC introduced new legislation to protect vulnerable witnesses and victims in Commonwealth criminal proceedings into Federal Parliament.  The legislation allows a witness the ability to give evidence by closed-circuit television, video recording or video link, and to have a support person accompany them when ...
  • Forced and Servile Marriage in the Context of Human Trafficking May 16, 2013 Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Report The Crimes Amendment Legislation (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013 has made forced marriage a crime under Australian law.  A forced marriage is defined as a marriage that is not freely and fully consented to because of the use of coercion, threat or deception.  In Australia there is a ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2013 May 11, 2013 Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives an indication of some of the activities ACRATH members have been involved in so far in 2013.  Items include the ACRATH National Conference,  an advocacy visit to Canberra, new slavery legislation and the ACRATH RAP (Radio Awareness Program).  Readers are also invited to take part in a campaign ...
  • Women Convicted of Child Trafficking April 18, 2013 First Conviction of Trafficking a  Child for Prostitution An Australian newspaper has reported that a 41 year old Thai women has been convicted of trafficking her daughter into prostitution.  After pleading guilty the woman has been sentenced to nine years in jail with a non parole period of four years.  In sentencing her Justice David Boddice said ...
  • Woman Convicted of Holding Sex Slaves April 7, 2013 Six Women Held in Sexual Servitude In a recent court case in Sydney the jury heard how a woman had forced six immigrant women into sexual servitude.  After being recruited in Malaysia and brought to Australia on student visas the six women were forced to work in a brothel in Sydney.  With little or no English ...
  • No to People Trafficking. No to Slavery. March 8, 2013 Prime Minister Gillard’s Announcement for International Women’s Day At an International Women’s Day Breakfast in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Act was signed into law by the Governor General on 7th March 2013.  She also indicated that Australia is  updating its National Action Plan to combat trafficking, ...
  • Australian Senate Passes Slavery Bill February 27, 2013 Forced Labour, Forced Marriage and Organ Trafficking Now Criminal Offences ACRATH has received with great joy the news that the Australian Senate today passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012.  ACRATH took part in the consultations that led to the drafting of this Bill and along with other NGOS such as ...
  • ACRATH Member Working at the UN February 13, 2013 Engaging with NGOs in the UN Lucy van Kessel, a Presentation Sister and a member of ACRATH in Western Australia, is working at the United Nations as an International Presentation Association (IPA) non-government organisation representative for six months from January to July 2013. During her time there Lucy will focus on programs and events organised by the UN ...
  • Attorney General’s Report on Anti People Trafficking Strategy January 9, 2013 Australia’s Response to People Trafficking (July 2011-June 2012) In November 2012 Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, reported to the Australian Parliament on Australia’s whole of government anti people trafficking strategy, covering the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012.  She commented that “Australia is not immune from this insidious form of modern day slavery. It is wrong. ...
  • Fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking December 10, 2012 ACRATH Delegates at National Roundatable ACRATH members, Christine Carolan and Margaret Ng, attended the fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking.  Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, convenor of the Roundtable, announced that there will be a revision of Australia’s national action plan to combat trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, such as forced marriage.  Consultation with stakeholders will take ...
  • ACRATH Member Receives Prime Minister’s Asia Award December 5, 2012 Congratulations Brianna Western Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been selected as one of 20 Australia postgraduate students to receive a 2013 Prime Minister’s Asia Award. Brianna is currently undertaking her Ph D investigating the barriers that victims of human trafficking face in accessing services in Australia. The Prime Minister’s Asia Award will allow Brianna to broaden ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter December 2012 November 29, 2012 Latest ACRATH News The summer edition of ACRATH News was released this week.  Items of interest include:  a reminder to look for FairTrade Christmas gifts, human trafficking in New Zealand, a visit to the Australian Institute of Criminology, combating child sexual exploitation on-line, Freedom Sunday, campaigns and news from Western Australia and a prayer resource. Download your copy ...
  • Prime Minister Gillard Announces New Program to Combat Human Trafficking November 22, 2012 Strengthening Criminal Justice in East Asia Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a new program to reduce human trafficking in East Asia by strengthening criminal justice systems in the region.  The Prime Minister announced the $50 million Australia–Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) program at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh. The five-year program ...
  • ACRATH Responds to Inquiry November 12, 2012 Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking The Human Rights Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recently called for submissions into an Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking.  ACRATH responded to this inquiry with a submission that acknowledged the work that has been done by the Australian ...
  • Researcher Urges Support for Trafficking Victims October 8, 2012 Looking at Ways to Improve Support ACRATH member and University of Murdoch PhD student, Brianna Lee, is looking at ways to improve support for victims of human trafficking in Australia.  While the exploitation of illegal workers is often linked to the sex industry, recent reports from the Attorney-General’s Department and Australian Institute of Criminology have suggested it is ...
  • Edmund Rice Centre Fair Trade Research October 5, 2012 Progress and Challenges in the International Fight Against Child Labour in the Soccer Industry After more than a decade of international action on the issue of child labour, millions of children around the world are still employed in conditions which violate their basic human rights. Whilst great improvements have been seen due to a number of ...
  • Study Critical of Support for Trafficked Women October 5, 2012 Research from Universities of Queensland and Sydney A new study is critical of the level of support available to women who are trafficked into the Australian sex industry.  The researchers from the universities of Queensland and Sydney say as many as 2,000 women are trafficked to Australia each year, mainly from Asia.  They are concerned Australia’s ...
  • Victims of Labour Trafficking in Taiwan September 27, 2012 Australian Columban Priest Provides a Home An article in the September issue of The Far East, published by the Columban Mission Society, describes the work being done by an Australian Missionary priest in Taiwan. He provides a home for men who have come to Taiwan as legal migrant workers but have then become victims of labour ...
  • Senate Report Released September 13, 2012 Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 In June 2012 the Senate referred the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 for inquiry.  ACRATH has been involved in the various inquiries that contributed to the drafting of this Bill and also made a submission for the Senate inquiry.  After ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter September 12, 2012 Report on ACRATH’s 2012 Visit to Canberra Following on from their very successful visit to Federal Parliament ACRATH have released a Newsletter giving details of their visit.   The Newsletter includes references to ACRATH being acknowledged in Hansard during the lead up to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 passing through the House ...
  • ACRATH Canberra Advocacy Visit 2012 August 27, 2012 Speaking for the Humans Rights of Trafficked People In the words of Martin Luther King “our lives begin to end the day we become silent on things that matter.”  These words were received by ACRATH in a letter of good wishes for the week of advocacy in Canberra from 19th – 23rd August 2012.  There is ...
  • St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Brisbane, to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking August 27, 2012 Stella Fella Bow Tie Friday Campaign   On Friday, September 7, students and staff from St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane will raise awareness about Human Trafficking by taking part in Project Futures’ Stella Fella Bow Tie Friday campaign (www.stellafella.com).     Staff and students will wear bow ties to school on Bow Tie Friday to highlight the importance of being ...
  • Speaking for the Human Rights of Trafficked People August 15, 2012 ACRATH Members head to Canberra A group of women religious from around Australia will make their sixth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. The fifteen women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will spend ...
  • Sex Traffic in Mine Towns July 22, 2012 Women Trafficked From One Town to Another A Mt Isa police district inspector has commented on an increasing problem in inland mining towns in Queensland.  The Australian newspaper reports Inspector Paul Biggin as saying “women and girls who cannot speak English, or who have a very low level of English, and a very low level of ...
  • Thank You Nestlé July 19, 2012 All Products To Be UTZ Certified By End Of 2012 Nestlé announced in a letter to STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia that they will UTZ certify all their cocoa by the end of 2012. A number of international commentators have suggested that Nestlé’s decision to certify their Australian line first is a result of the intense lobbying ...
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons June 30, 2012 Report on Visit to Australia The UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, visited Australia in November 2011.  She presented her report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May 2012.  She noted “the high level of government engagement and effective partnership developed with civil society organizations” in an ...
  • Trafficking in Persons Monitoring Report: Jan 2009-June 2011 June 30, 2012 Australian Institute of Criminology Report Released The Trafficking in Persons Monitoring Report Jan 2009-June 2011 was recently released by the Attorney General Nicola Roxon, the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare and the Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins.  In her media release Attorney General Nicola Roxon stated: “These reports show that ...
  • ACRATH Supports Proposed Slavery Legislation Amendments June 18, 2012 Christine Carolan Speaks on Proposed Legislation Christine Carolan is the national projects coordinator of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans(ACRATH).  She recently spoke with Katherine Spackman from ACL (Australian Christian Lobby) about new laws introduced by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon aimed at combating slavery-like practices including forced marriage and forced labour. Listen to the interview here.
  • ACRATH Newsletter June 2012 June 18, 2012 Latest ACRATH News The latest issue of ACRATH News reports on a workshop organised by ACRATH Victoria entitled ‘Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking’ which was led by Professor Bob Pease, Chair of Social Work at Deakin University.  Other articles include Building on Asia-Pacific Networks and Fairtrade Update. Download a copy of the newsletter ...
  • Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Legislation May 31, 2012 Crimes Legislation Amendment On Wednesday 30th May 2012 the Federal Attorney General introduced into the Australian Parliament new legislation that criminalises forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking. In presenting the bill the Hon Nicola Roxon MP commented “A common factor of contemporary slavery and trafficking—from forced labour and forced marriage to organ trafficking—is the misuse and ...
  • Foreign Aid Remains at 0.35% GNI May 14, 2012 Disappointment as MDG Target is Delayed In the Millenium Development Goals of 2000 Australia made a commitment that it would raise overseas aid to 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015.  In the 2012 Federal Budget announced on May 8, despite a $315 million increase from last year, the aid budget remains at 0.35%.  This ...
  • It Doesn’t Happen in Australia May 12, 2012 Public Meetings on Human Trafficking Stop The Traffik coalition, of which ACRATH is a founding member, is organising this public meeting to hear what is being done in Australia to eliminate human trafficking. The Salvation Army in Sydney has been working with people who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia. Some of these people will be ...
  • Woman Guilty of Keeping a Sex Slave April 17, 2012 Canberra Woman Convicted Australian newspapers have reported that the Canberra Supreme court recently found a women guilty of holding a Thai woman in sexual slavery.   The woman from Thailand was forced to service more than 720 clients over a three and a half month period in order to pay of a debt. Read the report in ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum Geraldton April 5, 2012 ACRATH Member Speaks to  Geraldton Gathering On the 26th of March the local community in Geraldton, WA hosted a forum on Human Trafficking. The forum was prompted by a number of newspaper articles in the Geraldton Guardian which alluded to human trafficking in the sex industry in the town. ACRATH member Brianna Lee was flown up ...
  • Is your Easter Egg Slavery Free March 27, 2012 FAIRTRADE Easter Eggs Much of the world’s chocolate is produced using cocoa beans that have been harvested by trafficked children or forced labour. The West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are two of the largest producers and exporters of cocoa in the world. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West ...
  • Extra support for Victims of Human Trafficking March 25, 2012 $1.2million Extra Given to Support Victims In a recent joint media release the Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management and the Hon. Julie Collins MP Minister for the Status of Women announced that an extra $1.2million will be made available to help victims of human trafficking, under the Australian Government’s Support for Trafficked People program.  This programme ...
  • ACRATH Members Head to Melbourne February 16, 2012 Taking the National Agenda Forward ACRATH member will gather in Melbourne on Monday 20th February for their AGM and National Conference.  During the gathering members will review the work that has been done over the last year and devise a strategic plan for furthering the mission of ACRATH in the coming year.  Workshop topics on the ...
  • Successful ACRATH Fund Raising Concert February 9, 2012 Western Australian ACRATH Concert ACRATH WA held a very successful fund raising concert on Sunday February 5th 2012 at the  Loreto Nedlands Primary School auditorium.  A crowd of over 75 attended and commented on the moving music and beautiful performance. Merlyn Quaife is committed to working against human trafficking.  She volunteered her talents and time to present ...
  • Crack down on Human Trafficking in Western Australia February 2, 2012 Federal Police Launch Operation In Western Australia Federal Police in Western Australia have launched an operation to rescue people trafficking into  WA for forced labour, prostitution and servile marriages.  A report in The West Australian newspaper commented that “there are fears that an increasing number of women are being brought to Perth and forced into the ...
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons in Australia December 15, 2011 Government Welcomes Findings UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, visited Australia to examine its strategies to combat people trafficking and report back to the UN Commission on Human Rights. She will deliver her report to the United Nations in 2012.  Following her visit the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, the Hon Brendan ...
  • Vulnerabilities to Trafficking in Persons in the Pacific Islands December 15, 2011 Australian Institute of Criminology Research Paper In recently released research papers the Australian Institute of Criminology outlines the Pacific Island region’s vulnerability to the crime of trafficking in persons.  Click below to download the research papers. Vulnerabilities to trafficking in persons in the Pacific Islands. Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme: Managing vulnerabilities to exploitation
  • ACRATH Members Receive Freedom Awards November 25, 2011 Inaugural Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards Congratulations to Sr Pauline Col sgs and Sr Louise Cleary csb who were named as recipients of Freedom Awards at a Ceremony in Canberra this week.  The Freedom Awards were developed by Anti-Slavery Australia using federal funding from the Proceeds of Crime Act.  A media release from the Minister for Home ...
  • Fourth National Roundtable on People Trafficking November 25, 2011 Draft Legislation Announced at National Roundtable At the National NGO Roundtable on People Trafficking held in Canberra on Wednesday 23rd November the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, reported on Australia’s efforts to fight the crime of people trafficking and affirmed the work of NGOs in this area. Also present at the Roundtable ...
  • Progress of Campaign to Support the Education of Girls November 25, 2011 Progress on Support for the Education of Girls Over recent weeks Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, has spoken in favour of increasing education opportunities for girls.  At the launch of Plan International’s report, Because I am a Girl, Mr Rudd commented that “a girl in southern Sudan today is more likely to die ...
  • News from ACRATH in Western Australia November 9, 2011 Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking Recently Murdoch University held an open day. Part of the display from the Law Department included a display board with information on human trafficking through question and answer. A chocolate fondue enticed many visitors to consider not only information about trafficking but advertised fair trade. During the day there was a ...
  • Review of Student Visas After Reports of Trafficking October 18, 2011 Minister Announces Review of  Student Visas In a media release dated 14 October 2011 the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced a targeted analysis of Australia’s student visa program following allegations of links to the sex industry.  Mr Bowen said the risk and integrity analysis would investigate what links, if any, exist ...
  • Funding to Fight Slavery and Labour Trafficking October 18, 2011 Federal Government Grants for Five Organisation A Federal Government Media Release dated Monday 17th October announced that the Gillard Government has allocated a total of $485,000 to five organisation to fund projects aimed at combating slavery and human trafficking in Australia.  A copy of the media release issued by the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for ...
  • In the Media October 18, 2011 Australian Media Reports on Sex Trafficking Beginning with a report on Four Corners on Monday 11th October there have been a number of articles on sex slavery in the Australian media recently.  Links to some of these articles are given below. Flesh Trade – Commissioner Chris McDevitt, media.smh.com.au 6th October 2011 Sex traffickers exploiting women, and law, as state fails ...
  • ACRATH Receives Government Funding October 5, 2011 Minister Visits ACRATH Office Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor, and Member for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, visited the office of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans) in Albert Park, Victoria on Wednesday 5 October 2011.  Their visit was the formal acknowledgement that the Government has committed $350,000 over the next ...
  • Harkin-Engel Anniversary Noted in Australian Senate September 26, 2011 Australian Senators Support Harkin-Engel Protocol During their recent visit to  the Australian Federal Parliament ACRATH spoke to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate about the Harkin-Engel Protocol which aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child slavery in the cocoa industry.  On Monday 19th September 2011, the tenth anniversary of the signing of ...
  • Trafficked – The Reckoning September 8, 2011 Documentary on Human Trafficking At the age of 13 Ning was trafficked to Australia and put to work in a brothel in Sydney’s Surry Hills.  In 2004 her story was told in an SBS documentary film Trafficked. Now seven years later the sequel to that film, Trafficked – the Reckoning, outlines the investigation undertaken to try to bring ...
  • 5th Annual Pilgrimage to National Capital August 31, 2011 ACRATH in Canberra Twelve ACRATH members have recently completed a successful visit to Canberra where they met with members of Federal Parliament, AusAID, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Office for Women, the Attorney General’s Department, Anti Slavery Australia, UNICEF, ACFID, and Church public policy representatives to raise awareness about the plight of victims trafficked into Australia. A ...
  • Thank You Nestlé August 31, 2011 Working Towards Child Slavery Free Chocolate In 2010 Nestlé began distributing  four finger Kitkat in Australia using UTZ certified cocoa.  This action was welcomed by all those campaigning for a child slavery free chocolate industry.  Recently this certification has been extended to all Nestlé Kitkat products. Over 75% of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa ...
  • Human Trafficking In Australia July 31, 2011 Human Trafficking:  Australia’s Response A research paper recently issued by the Queensland Parliamentary Library examined the data available on Human Trafficking in Australia and the legislation currently in place to combat this evil of modern day slavery. The paper was presented by Nicolee Dixon, Senior Legal Research Officer at Queensland Parliamentary Library.  In addition to outlining the international ...
  • Improved Support for Victims of Human Trafficking July 25, 2011 New Training Packages In a recent media statement issued jointly by the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for the Status of Women, and the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, it was announced that $126,960 will go to the Australian Red Cross to develop and deliver professional training to at least 500 ...
  • Corridors of Children July 25, 2011 New Documentary on Child Sex Slavery Corridors of Children is a documentary outlining some of the reasons for children being trafficked into the sex industry in South East Asia.  This film, a project of Children United, can be used to educate about and advocate against child sexual exploitation. Click here to view a trailer of the film.
  • Public Meeting on Trafficking in Melbourne May 28, 2011 Want to help trafficked people? Don’t know how to? ACRATH is holding a public meeting in Melbourne on Monday 30th May 2011. Come along and increase your awareness of this issue. For more information click here.    
  • Trafficking of Children in the Asia-Pacific May 10, 2011 Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No 415, April 2011 A new document issued by the Australian Institute of Criminology looks at the current definitions of child trafficking, the forms it takes in Asia Pacific, factors affecting the vulnerability of children with regard to this crime and the steps which need to be taken to ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter April 2011 April 24, 2011 The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives information about ACRATH activities across Australia over recent months.  You can read about ACRATH Victoria hosting a morning tea and community forum on International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery, a Peace Walk in Western Australia and an ACRATH member visiting a centre for Women and Children in ...
  • ACRATH Submissions for Consultation by Attorney General’s Department February 28, 2011 The Attorney General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, and the Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, recently sought public opinion on two discussion papers related to slavery and human trafficking.  You can read the submission ACRATH made on each of these papers by clicking on the links below. The Criminal Justice Response to Slavery ...
  • Couple who held sex slaves jailed December 18, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Louise Hall December 18, 2010 A HUSBAND and wife who kept five Thai women as sex slaves in a Fairfield brothel have been jailed for at least seven years. Trevor McIvor, 63, and his Thai-born wife, Kanokporn Tanuchit, 42, ”traded in human misery and poverty” and their punishment would serve as a warning to others ...
  • Australia’s Sex Slave Industry December 8, 2010 Marie Claire Dan MacDonald December 8, 2010 When a young Chinese woman in Melbourne received compensation as a victim of sex slavery, her case was hailed a victory – yet it was just the second of its kind. Why? For Qi*, every day was the same. Sitting hunched on a bed in a dark, dingy brothel, she’d wait for ...
  • Threats, debts and isolation: the new chains of slavery November 26, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Geesche Jacobsen, Crime Editor November 26, 2010 This is in relation to the report on Labour trafficking that’s available on our site under Digital Downloads section within Australian Material. THEIR position is akin to modern slavery, but people who have been trafficked to Australia to work for little pay in appalling conditions are often kept ...
  • The Government’s Response to People Trafficking November 22, 2010 Australia.to NEWS November 22, 2010 Today, I am pleased to present to the Parliament the second report of the Anti-People Trafficking Interdepartmental Committee. People trafficking is a heinous crime which involves serious contraventions of human rights. It is a sobering and shocking fact, that in the 21st century, all around the world, slavery and servitude remain the ...
  • Australia leading anti-human trafficking action November 19, 2010 Australian Labor Brendan O’Connor November 19, 2010 Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor today released the second annual report of the Gillard Government’s Anti-People Trafficking Interdepartmental Committee. The regular reports began last year in response to an Australian National Audit Office recommendation that systematic reporting of human trafficking initiatives may help focus and co-ordinate the important work ...
  • Media Release: Woman charged with sexual servitude November 12, 2010 Australian Federal Police November 12, 2010 A 30-year-old Chinese woman is scheduled to appear before Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today after being charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly trafficking women from China for the purposes of sexual exploitation. It will be alleged in court that the woman arranged for two women to travel to Australia under ...
  • Australia and the United States partnership to address violence against women globally November 6, 2010 Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Joint Statement: Kevin Rudd (Minister for Foreign Affairs) & Hilary Clinton (US Secretary of State) November 6, 2010 Violence devastates the lives of millions of women and girls globally. It knows no socio-economic or educational boundaries. It is not particular to any society or culture. Globally, around 30 per cent of women and girls ...
  • Media Release: Commission Welcomes Increased Protection for Queensland Clothing Outworkers October 25, 2010 Catholic Justice and Peace Commission October 25, 2010 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has welcomed the Queensland Government’s introduction of a mandatory code of practice for the protection of clothing outworkers. The Commission has been involved in lobbying for the introduction of this code for the last two years. The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the new ...
  • Four Filipino boxers ‘used as houseboys’ October 20, 2010 The Sydney Morning Herald Yuko Narushima, Immigration correspondent October 20, 2010 A FAMILY recruiting Filipino boxers to fight in Australia is under investigation for allegedly keeping the men in slave-like conditions in a Sydney garage. The immigration department yesterday confirmed it was investigating complaints against a stable of boxers in the western suburbs. The NSW government’s Combat Sports Authority ...
  • People trafficking goes unrecognised in Australia (Audio) October 18, 2010 ABC Radio Simon Lauder October 18, 2010 MARK COLVIN: Never mind people smuggling, the Australian Institute of Criminology says Australians are largely unaware of another problem which is just as sinister – people trafficking. The institute has presented research on the problem to the International Serious and Organised Crime Conference in Melbourne. An anti people-trafficking group says the number ...
  • Human bycatch October 18, 2010 The Australian Sian Powell October 18, 2010 KYAW-KYAW grimaces as he explains how he was sold, like a spare bit of machinery, to a Thai trawler captain. And how his life then slid into a nightmare of beatings, amphetamines, perpetually interrupted sleep and casual death. Kyaw-Kyaw is 25 years old, and he can’t read or write. When he was ...
  • Maids taken to the cleaners by hotel bosses (Audio) October 6, 2010 ABC News Simon Lauder October 6, 2010 It is well known that hotel room cleaners are among Australia’s lowest paid workers, but today a new report alleges many of them are also being ripped off by their employers. The hospitality union and a migrant women’s group documented the working conditions of hundreds of cleaners at some of Melbourne’s most ...
  • Outrage over police officer link to child sex case September 28, 2010 ABC News Sarah Bester September 28, 2010 There is renewed outrage over the case of a 12-year-old Tasmanian girl who was sold for sex after revelations a police officer was among those investigated. The girl’s pimp, Gary Devine and her mother are serving 10 years behind bars for selling the girl for sex to more than 100 men last ...
  • Lonely death highlights illegal workers’ plight September 20, 2010 ABC News Barbara Miller September 20, 2010 For 12 years Korean tiler Myung Yeol Hwang worked on dozens of building sites in Australia, but in late August, after falling victim to a severe respiratory illness, he died penniless and virtually homeless. Since then his body has been in the Glebe morgue in Sydney. The CFMEU construction union says his death ...
  • Australian organ tourists drive sinister trade September 1, 2010 ABC News Simon Lauder September 1, 2010 Australians are helping fuel a predatory international transplant trade by travelling overseas to buy organs illegally. The Transplantation Society says there are still Australians willing to ignore health and ethical considerations to source organs on the overseas market. Transplantation Society past president Dr Jeremy Chapman says so-called organ tourists continue to escape punishment, ...
  • Asian students caught in sex trade September 1, 2010 The Daily Telegraph Janet Fife-Yeomans September 1, 2010 THE immigration department is investigating brothels that employ young Asian women in breach of their student visas. The women earn up to $10,000 a week as sex workers while brothel websites openly advertise “new fresh girls” arriving regularly from countries including South Korea, Thailand, China and Japan. One Asian woman under investigation ...
  • ‘Emaciated’ slave kept six months August 28, 2010 The Daily Telegraph Tim Vollmer August 28, 2010 A YOUNG man was held captive for six months, forced to work as a slave and repeatedly bashed at the hands of the couple he lodged with, a court heard yesterday. The 26-year-old, who was last night in a serious condition in Westmead Hospital, is dehydrated and emaciated, suffering spinal fractures, ...
  • Sydney mother forced Thai women into prostitution July 30, 2010 ABC News Jamelle Wells – court reporter July 30, 2010 A Sydney mother who forced 11 Thai women to work as prostitutes to help pay off her mortgage has been jailed for at least 13 months. In March the 48-year-old pleaded guilty to bringing 11 women to Australia from Thailand for the purpose of sexual servitude between August 2005 ...
  • Woman to front court on sex slave charges November 18, 2009 news.com.au From: AAP November 18, 2009 A CANBERRA woman will front court today to face sex slave and trafficking charges. Police will allege the woman, 42, also operated an illegal brothel. The charges follow a raid by Australian Federal Police officers on premises in suburban Kambah last month. read more..
  • Pair jailed over Thai sex slave scheme November 4, 2009 The Australian From: AAP November 04, 2009 A MAN and woman have been jailed over their roles in enslaving a Thai woman to work in Melbourne’s sex industry. Kam Tin Ho, 40, and Sarisa Leech, 37, were last month found guilty by a Victorian Supreme Court jury of intentionally using a slave. Leech was also found guilty of intentionally ...
  • Man found guilty in sex slave case October 16, 2009 The Age Kate Hagan October 16, 2009 A man sentenced to 14 years’ jail for possessing five Thai women as slaves to work in South Melbourne brothels was yesterday convicted of using a sixth woman as part of the scheme. Kam Tin Ho, 40, was the Melbourne architect of the enterprise, which brought the women to Australia to work ...
  • Religious items produced by child slaves August 23, 2009 The Catholic Leader Paul Dobbyn August 23, 2009 CATHOLICS need to look carefully at the origins of religious items they buy to ensure they are not the products of child slave labour, a Brisbane religious sister has warned. The seriousness of the issue has led the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) to pledge its support for a ...
  • Construction company paid Chinese workers less than $3 an hour, watchdog tells Court August 2, 2009 Australian Government – Fair Work Ombudsman August 2, 2009 The national pay protector has launched a prosecution against a Western Australian construction company for allegedly paying workers recruited from China less than $3 an hour. The Fair Work Ombudsman says the case is one of the most serious underpayment matters it has investigated. read more..
  • Human egg trade exploits women July 31, 2009 EurekaStreet.com.au Kevin McGovern July 31, 2009 The call by law professor Loane Skene (writing in The Age on 13 July) for women to sell their eggs for embryonic stem cell research ignores the medical evidence of the real harm done to women who allow their eggs to be harvested, and international evidence that the legalisation of the sale ...
  • Foreign students ‘slave trade’ July 15, 2009 The Age Nick O’Malley, Heath Gilmore and Erik Jensen July 15, 2009 Thousands of overseas students are being made to work for nothing ? or even pay to work ? by businesses exploiting loopholes in immigration and education laws in what experts describe as a system of economic slavery. The vast pool of unpaid labour was created in 2005 ...
  • Restrictions eased for sex trafficking victims June 17, 2009 The Age Carol Nader June 17, 2009 Victims of sex trafficking will find it easier to obtain Australian visas under changes soon to be made by the Federal Government. Currently, victims of sex trafficking who are brought to Australia but do not have a valid visa can get a temporary visa only if they are willing to help police ...
  • Baby-trafficking horror exposed May 24, 2009 The Sydney Morning Herald Mark Russell May 24, 2009 CHILD-TRAFFICKING gangs were moving pregnant women from country to country, then waiting for them to give birth before selling their babies, Australia’s chief federal magistrate said yesterday. John Pascoe said the infants were being sold mainly for illegal adoption but also for sexual exploitation, slavery and begging. He said demand for ...
  • Prostitutes likened to AFL draftees in trial April 24, 2009 The Age Kate Hagan April 24, 2009 A BARRISTER acting for a man accused of bringing five Thai women to Melbourne as sex slaves has compared their plight to an AFL footballer being drafted to another club. Len Hartnett told a Supreme Court jury yesterday it would need to consider whether the women had been treated as “commodities”, as ...
  • Thai women ‘caught in Melbourne sex slave scheme’ April 23, 2009 Herald Sun Shelley Hadfield April 23, 2009 A THAI woman who claims to have been caught up in a sex slave scheme sent $32,000 to Thailand while under a contract in Melbourne, a court has heard. Prosecutor Daniel Gurvich told the Supreme Court earlier this week that five women came to Australia under contracts to service 650 to 750 ...
  • Inside Melbourne’s sex slave trade March 12, 2009 Prison Planet Forum Maris Beck March 12, 2009 THE boss would kick her awake. Every time she opened her eyes, the nightmare began again. There was no escape from the men – their hair, their sweat, their predatory breath. Many were using amphetamines. They hit her. Sometimes one would hold a a gun to her head. But there ...
  • Gold Coast pimp jailed for forcing women to be sex slaves December 22, 2008 The Courier-Mail Tristan Swanwick December 22, 2008 A GOLD Coast hairdresser who forced two Thai women into sexual slavery to pay off debts to violent loan sharks has been jailed for five years. Keith William Dobie, 48, was the first person in Australia charged with people trafficking under new laws brought in two years ago to clamp down on ...
  • Madam or slave owner? July 17, 2008 The Age Karen Kissane July 17, 2008 An appeal before the High Court will decide how Australia defines slavery, giving the legal system a platform to deal with cases of exploitation of migrant sex workers. IT WAS probably one of the more mixed audiences that Australia’s seven High Court judges have had. Up the back sat a quiet Filipino ...
  • A question of bondage July 15, 2008 The Age Dr Anne Gallagher July 15, 2008 What does it mean to be a slave in the 21st century? A court case in Australia is seeking to define the legalities of “owning” another human being, writes Anne Gallagher. THIS week in Canberra, the High Court is considering what it means to be a slave in Australia in the ...
  • Sex slavery on high May 17, 2008 The Australian Elisabeth Wynhausen and Natalie O’Brien May 17, 2008 THE five women subsequently looped together as the complainants were working in Club 417, a brothel in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy that was raided in 2003. The women, then aged between 25 and 35, had been recruited in Thailand to work in the sex industry in Australia. In ...
  • Human Trafficking April 6, 2008 ABC Online: Sunday Nights, First Hour Producer: Noel Debien, Dan Driscoll April 6, 2008 Exactly a year ago on Sunday Night our guest was American Award-winning journalist David Batstone, and author of “Not for Sale: the return of the Global Slave Trade”. Batstone who is also professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco and the founder and ...
  • Brisbane Sister a part of history December 16, 2007 The Catholic Leader December 16, 2007 THE reality of human trafficking in Australia has been highlighted by the inclusion of a Brisbane nun on a new international network to deal with the problem. And in a trafficking-related incident close to home, a north Queensland couple last week were the first in the state to be jailed on slavery ...
  • Slave ‘owner’ get 8 years December 7, 2007 Townsville Bulletin Malcolm Weatherup December 7, 2007 THE Weipa man who repeatedly raped a Filipina woman he used as a slave has been jailed for eight years. His wife was jailed for four years for her lesser role in the case. Zolton John Kovacs, 59, and his Filipina wife Melita, 49, were found guilty after a Supreme Court trial of ...
  • Traffic stoppers November 11, 2007 The Catholic Leader November 11, 2007 FOUR hundred students from Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorn, have taken a stand against human trafficking, and their passion is already spreading to fellow Catholic schools. Inspired by Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, who has been in Rome discussing this global form of exploitation with Vatican authorities, the girls protested silently along Hawthorne ...
  • Restaurateur cleared of slave claims October 26, 2007   A Blue Mountains restaurateur accused of forcing an Indian chef to work in conditions of forced labour has been cleared of exploitation charges. But Yogalingam Rasalingam faces up to five years in prison for falsifying the employment contract attached to the man’s visa application. read more..
  • Exploitation of skilled migrants exposed August 28, 2007 The Sydney Morning Herald Matthew Moore and Malcolm Knox August 28, 2007 CONDITIONS in remote Australian workplaces, where two foreigners died within three days in June, are so harsh that a leading immigration expert says they are “akin to slavery”. A Herald investigation has exposed blatant breaches of the 457 skilled visa scheme and uncovered hidden details of the ...
  • Govt stands by 457 visa scheme August 28, 2007 The Sydney Morning Herald August 28, 2007 Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews is standing by the 457 visa program after claims employer abuse of the scheme has led to the deaths of vulnerable foreign workers. Unions ramped up criticism of the scheme and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd called for better monitoring after reports three 457 visa holders had died ...
  • Court told of 600 acts as ‘sex slave’ May 22, 2007 The Age Julia Medew May 22, 2007 A THAI “sex slave” was forced to perform more than 600 sexual acts in brothels across Melbourne before she was freed by her “owner” in 2004, a court has been told. The young woman — one of seven allegedly recruited by a Melbourne-based sex slave racket — was also ordered to surrender ...
  • Religious lead fight against sex slavery December 3, 2006 The Catholic Weekly Marilyn Rodrigues December 3, 2006 A CONVERSATION with Good Samaritan Sr Pauline Coll Today there are an estimated 1000 women working as sex slaves in Australia and as many as 300 are smuggled here each year, says Sister of the Good Samaritan, Sr Pauline Coll. Most come to Australia from South-East Asia with the promise of waitressing ...
  • Worker scandal widens October 18, 2006 The Courier-Mail Lachlan Heywood, Jason Gregory and Michael Corkill October 18, 2006 ROGUE Queensland bosses may be exploiting hundreds of foreign workers brought in to plug the state’s skills shortage. Alleged maltreatment of 40 Philippines workers by a Brisbane welding company comes amid growing evidence the controversial 457 visa scheme is being abused. The Immigration Department last night confirmed that ...
  • Client took pity on sex slave, court told July 20, 2006 The Sydney Morning Herald Leonie Lamont June 20, 2006 AS SOON as she got off the plane from Thailand, the 19-year-old woman was put to work in a Sydney brothel. But she was so “deeply unhappy” that she asked clients to phone the Immigration Department, so she could be arrested and released from her alleged sexual servitude. One of ...
  • Lifting the veil on the slave trade July 9, 2006 The Sydney Morning Herald July 9, 2006 Abused and powerless, the victims of sex slavery in Australia have had nowhere to turn for help. Now, writes Erin O’Dwyer, a dedicated network of nuns are defying the lucrative trafficking industry and reaching out. read more..
  • Sex slave raid on cell under brothel July 9, 2006 The Sydney Morning Herald Les Kennedy June 9, 2006 FOUR Thai women were forced into prostitution and held against their will in a secret room underneath a Sydney brothel, a court has heard. The women, all Thai nationals aged between 27 and 44, were found cowering in the bare room by Australian Federal Police and NSW Police during a ...
  • Waitressing lure trapped sex slaves, court told July 1, 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Brown July 1, 2005 Young women brought from Asia by the operators of a sex slavery racket thought they would get jobs as waitresses, the Downing Centre District Court heard yesterday. Instead, they were virtually imprisoned and told to provide sexual services to pay off debts of between $35,000 and $45,000. The court was told ...