True stories

Shocking but tragically true … Discover trading in human lives from a series of different perspectives.

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  • 20th Anniversary TIP Report June 27, 2020
    The 20th anniversary edition of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report had been released by the US State Department. In releasing the report John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons said: “The call of the 20th anniversary is clear. We must commit ourselves to our goal of freedom. What traffickers are ...
  • Slave Kept in Restaurant June 26, 2020
    A former Wangaratta Restaurant owner has escaped a jail term despite being convicted of a slavery offence. The offence related to a woman employed by the owner being paid no wages over a 14 month period. When she asked for her wages the women’s employer also threatened that he would withdraw his sponsorship for her ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 3, 2020
    The June 2020 issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available. This issue focuses on how art assists survivors of human trafficking give voice to the trauma they have experienced and aids in their rehabilitation process. Download your copy here. Stop Trafficking Newsletter is produced by US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, to serve as a forum for ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 3, 2020
    The focus of the May 2020 Stop Trafficking! newsletter is to raise awareness of the health consequences of trafficking and how health professionals are becoming better equipped to identify and aid human trafficking victims. Articles include Behavioural Indicators of Human Trafficking, Health Effects of Human Trafficking, Barriers to Disclosure by Victims and Trauma Informed Care. ...
  • Human Cost of Modern Slavery April 7, 2020
    With Easter nearly here we should remember the human cost of modern slavery. Particularly at this time of year when we all will be shopping for chocolate it’s important to shop ethically. This Easter make sure the chocolate you buy for friends, family or just for ourselves is marked with the symbol for fair trade, UTZ or rainforest ...
  • Modern Slavery in the Pacific March 12, 2020
    A report on the reality of modern slavery in the Pacific was launched recently. The report, issued by Walk Free and the Minderoo Foundation, identifies cases of slavery in the Pacific including the extremely exploitative practices of forced labour, the worst forms of child labour, and forced and early marriage. Factors contributing to vulnerability ...
  • Campaign to Recoup Unpaid Wages March 5, 2020
    ACRATH is seeking your support for 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia in 2014 while working under the Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP), a programme that is part of Australia’s aid program in the Pacific and is administered by the Department of Employment on behalf of the Federal Government. The men worked hard ...
  • Catholic schools lead push to eliminate slavery February 14, 2020
    A Make your school slavery-free resource kit was launched in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday February 13) to help students, teachers and staff eliminate slavery from Catholic schools. Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary, a co-founder of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) launched the Make your school slavery-free resource kit at ...
  • Advocates for Change December 5, 2019
    St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) has embarked on a groundbreaking training program to help key staff identify and support vulnerable people who present to its hospitals who have been trafficked. The Advocates for Change initiative is part of a wider anti-trafficking project that SVHA began in 2017 in partnership with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against ...
  • Extent of Human Tragedy in South Australia November 29, 2019
    Research from South Australia’s Flinders University has focussed on the 18 people documented to have been trafficked in South Australia between 2004 and 2019; the majority have been young women forced to marry. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has referred the 18 suspected victims of human trafficking in SA to the Support for Trafficked People ...
  • Case studies depicting examples of the various types of slavery that exist in modern Australia.
  • Cries from the Workplace: 20 women, 20 stories, Stories of migrant women workers in Sydney, Asian Women at Work Action Group, Sydney, Australia, April 2008 (.pdf 1.95MB)
  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2012 – Victims Stories, The victims’ testimonies included in this Report are meant to be illustrative only and do not reflect all forms of trafficking that occur. Any of these stories could take place anywhere in the world. They illustrate the many forms of trafficking and the wide variety of places in which they occur. Many of the victims’ names have been changed in this Report.