True stories

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

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  • Domestic Servitude Conviction July 21, 2021
    A Melbourne husband and wife who held a woman in slavery in their home for eight years have been jailed. This is the first time a case of slavery by domestic servitude has been heard in an Australian Court. The wife, deemed to be more culpable, was sentenced for eight years with a non-parole period ...
  • 2021 TIP Report July 5, 2021
    In releasing the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, siad: “This year’s Trafficking in Persons Report sends a strong message to the world that global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and enduring discriminatory policies and practices, have a disproportionate effect on individuals already oppressed by other injustices.  ...
  • Exposing Modern Slavery May 12, 2021
    Due to Covid-19 restrictions the 2021 ACRATH National Conference was held as an online event over three weeks. The theme for the final session of the Conference was Exposing Modern Slavery – the Lived Experience. Flinders University PhD student, Alexandra Baxter, shared her PhD research; ‘Slavery and slavery-like practices in South Australia’ and surprised us all ...
  • Carer Kept as Slave April 22, 2021
    A Sydney couple have pleaded guilty to charges of forced labour and harbouring a person. In court it was revealed the couple paid for a passport, plane ticket and visa for a woman from the Philippines on the condition that she did not work for the first three months of her stay in Australia. Once ...
  • Victory for Migrant Workers October 8, 2020
    Migrant workers in Top Glove rubber glove factories in Malaysia will be remediated with respect to recruitment fees previously paid by the migrant workers to agents or other parties. Top Glove manufactures one-quarter of the world’s disposable gloves. During the Covid-19 pandemic their profits have soared. Repayments to workers will amount to a total of $40 ...
  • Rubber Glove Industry During Covid-19 September 21, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic has meant unprecedented demand for rubber gloves. Consequently manufacturers are recording enormous increases in profit. However for the worker little has changed. In Malaysia, where approximately 60% of the worlds rubber gloves are manufactured, workers continue to experience exploitation and debt bondage. CNN Business recently reported: “Many of the serious forced labor indicators identified ...
  • A Global Challenge September 21, 2020
    Human Trafficking is a global problem. The following article gives an insight into the impact this crime has on victims. “When the group of eight teenagers was first referred to the Preda Home for Girls, they were still in shock having been taken into police custody during a rescue. What they did not realize was they had been ...
  • Temporary Migrants During Covid-19 September 17, 2020
    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic ACRATH has been concerned for migrant workers and international students and their vulnerability to exploitation. UTS Law’s A/Prof Laurie Berg and UNSW’s A/Prof Bassina Farbenblum co-directs of  the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative have recently undertaken research on the experiences of international students and visa holders during Covid-19.  Their finding from a ...
  • Support for Workers in Queensland September 2, 2020
    ACRATH’s Regional Coordinator in Queensland, Sr Janine Bliss fmm, has been spending a good bit of time in the Bundaberg area supporting seasonal workers in recent times. The workers are mainly from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste. These workers came to Australia through the Seasonal Workers Program, a government aid programme. It is a sad fact that ...
  • Australian Institute of Criminology Research August 31, 2020
    The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a Research Report – Review of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19. The report outlines the activities of the Australian Government to address human trafficking and slavery during the years 2015-2019. The report documents the activities according to the four pillars of the National ...
  • 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.