Australian True Stories

Posted in September 1st, 2016
by ACRATH

Yes – Human Trafficking Exists in Australia

  • Forced Marriage in Melbourne January 31, 2017 Melbourne Magistrate Court Charges Cleric In early January 2017 a Melbourne Magistrate Court charged a cleric over the forced marriage of a child. The marriage took place in September 2016. The man she was married to has also been charged for his part in the forced marriage. The case will continue to be heard in February. Read more… Forced ...
  • Voices of Women – I Don’t June 9, 2016 Forced Marriage in Australia https://vimeo.com/143703856 Despite being illegal, forced marriage is practiced in Australia. As a community we are starting to understand both the nature and extent of forced marriage in our community. Voices of Women – I Don’t is a film clip released by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). CMY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Slavery in Australia!!! May 7, 2015 Slaving Away: A Four Corners Report A recent Four Corners report, Slaving Away, has uncovered the exploitation of migrant workers on farms and in factories in Australia. The workers, most of whom are on 417 working holiday visas, experience slave-like conditions. They labour for long hours, are underpaid and often live in sub standard conditions.  The fruits of ...
  • 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, ...
  • Forced Marriage in Australia March 29, 2015 Husband and Father Charged A twelve year old girl  was married in the back yard at the family home in the Hunter Valley by a local sheikh in January 2014. The girl now 13 miscarried after falling pregnant. The twenty seven year old “husband” has been sentenced to a minimum of seven and a half years in jail while the father is currently on ...
  • 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 ...