Case Studies

Forced Labor

By ACRATH | January 1, 2007

“Serena arrived from the Philippines to work as a housemaid. Upon her arrival, her employer confiscated her passport and, with his wife, began to beat…

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It could happen to anyone: Fiona’s Story

By ACRATH | January 1, 2007

Fiona was a student in her first year of university studying international relations. So when a family friend proposed taking a quick trip overseas to…

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Worker scandal widens

By ACRATH | 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…

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Client took pity on sex slave, court told

By ACRATH | 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…

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Sex slave raid on cell under brothel

By ACRATH | 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…

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Sex slaves auctioned in British airport arrival halls

By ACRATH | June 6, 2006

The Sydney Morning Herald Jacqueline Maley in London June 6, 2006 WOMEN are being sold off in “slave auctions” in the arrivals lounges of British…

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Teen Girls’ Stories of Sex Trafficking in U.S.

By ACRATH | February 9, 2006

International Sex Trafficking Is a Well-Known Problem, But It Happens Here as Well Fifteen-year-old “Debbie” is the middle child in a close-knit Air Force family…

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Vulnerable Migrant Workers

By ACRATH | August 10, 2022

Exploitation of vulnerable workers is a major problem in Australia. Migrant communities are at heightened risk of exploitation given the range of economic and linguistic vulnerabilities…

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Slavery Exists in Australia

By ACRATH | August 30, 2021

The ABC recently ran an article on Modern Slavery in Australia, which featured Aranya’s story (name changed for privacy) of modern slavery for sexual exploitation…

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Supporting women and Girls

By ACRATH | August 3, 2021

In 2021 the theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (31st July) was Victim Voices Lead the Way. To mark this day the…

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Domestic Servitude Conviction

By ACRATH | 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…

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Exposing Modern Slavery

By ACRATH | 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…

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Carer Kept as Slave

By ACRATH | 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…

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Temporary Migrants During Covid-19

By ACRATH | 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…

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Support for Workers in Queensland

By ACRATH | 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…

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Australian Institute of Criminology Research

By ACRATH | 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…

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Slave Kept in Restaurant

By ACRATH | 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…

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