Australian True Stories

Yes – Human Trafficking Exists in Australia

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ACRATH combats forced marriage in Australia July 8, 2019
    Samin was 20 when she discovered her parents intended sending her out of Australia to marry in another country. She had been promised to a relative. Samin did not want to leave Australia to marry a stranger. She made contact with an agency and disclosed the imminent marriage. The person she spoke to had participated ...
  • Actions for July July 1, 2019
    As we prepare to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons please consider a donation to ACRATH.  The following case study gives you an indication of one of the ways in which your donation will assist the work of ACRATH. Maria was only 22 when she responded to an advertisement with a job agency in ...
  • Servitude or Service? June 20, 2019
    Service or Servitude: A Study of Trafficking for Domestic Work in Australia by Heather Moore is the first report to analyse 30+ cases of domestic servitude in Australia. The report compiles new and existing information from a range of sources, including national and international data on domestic work and migration, current government statistics and personal accounts ...
  • Sydney Woman Found Guilty May 16, 2019
    A NSW District Court Jury has found a Sydney woman guilty on two accounts of intentionally possessing a slave, exercising powers of ownership over a slave and dealing with the proceeds of crime. When giving evidence the two Thai women testified their passports had been taken and not returned till they had paid off a ...
  • First Conviction of Forced Labour April 17, 2019
    A Brisbane couple have been found guilty of the offence of forced labour. This is the first time there has been a conviction for the offence of forced labour in Australia. A jury also found the wife to be guilty of trafficking. The couple forced a Fijian woman to work as their domestic slave for ...