Three Charged with Labour Trafficking
Three People Arrested in Sydney
Australian Federal Police have arrested and charged three members of a Filipino-Australian family for their alleged trafficking and exploitation of four young Filipino boxers. The men had been brought to Australian on sporting visas. They thought they were going to have professional boxing careers. Instead they found themselves forced into a debt bondage situation, living in poor conditions with substandard food, forced into unpaid domestic work.
Division 271 of the Criminal Code criminalises the traffficking of persons in all its forms. The offence carries a maximum prison sentence of 12 years.