According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), there are approximately 20.9 million people (3 out of 1000) who are engaged in forced labour worldwide. The following is the global distribution of population in forced labour:
- Asia and the Pacific Region – 11.7 million (56%)
- Africa –3.7 million (18%)
- Latin America and the Caribbean Region –1.8 million (9%)
- Non-EU Member European Countries and Member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States –1.6 million (7%)
- US, Canada, Australia, EU, Japan, New Zealand –1.5 million (7%)
- Middle Eastern Countries –600,000 (3%)
Human Trafficking and Forced Labour in Australia
Human trafficking is one of the modern forms of slavery that can lead to human exploitation and forced labour.
While this activity is not as severe in Australia compared to other countries, it still affects men, women, and children who are recruited from other countries, transported or transferred to Australia, and subjected to forced labour, sex trafficking, forced marriages, with some of the victims had their organs harvested.
Organisations against Slavery & Human Trafficking
In its July 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, the US Department of State classified Australia under Tier 1 Watch List, which means that Australia complies with the minimum standards that are set to eliminate human trafficking.
While the Australian government was able to increase its prosecution of suspects related to human trafficking during this period than the last, it was still not able to convict any of the suspects. They have also launched their 5-year National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery for 2015-19. There are some Australian businesses who comply with this action plan, but studies have shown that there are more businesses that are not taking action.
It is a tremendous advantage then that there are some organisations in Australia that continue to help fight slavery and human trafficking. These organisations have presence in major cities all over the country, including Sydney. They play a vital role in helping save the lives of victims from these inhuman conditions.
Here is a useful guide to the different organisations in Sydney that men, women, boys, and girls can turn to. Knowing this vital information may give you the privilege to help save the life of a suspected victim.
Anti-Slavery Australia started in the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Community Law Centre in 2003 from a research endeavour that focused on human trafficking. Today, it is part of the Faculty of Law of the UTS as a specialised legal research policy centre. Their focus is to abolish slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour.
Anti-Slavery Australia is headquartered in UTS which is located at Broadway Sydney NSW 2007. They can be reached through telephone numbers +61-2-95149660 or through their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Log-on to their website at www.antislavery.org.au for more information about their cause, their activities, how you can volunteer, or learn key signs to help save a life of a potential victim.
Stop The Traffik
Stop The Traffik is a coalition composed of non-government and community organisations that are working together to help stop the emotional, physical, and sexual harms of human trafficking within Australia and throughout the world. They achieve their goals through the execution of three important activities: Community Transformation, Global Campaigning, and Gathering and Sharing of Knowledge.
Stop The Traffik Contact Details:
Address: PO Box 1703 Castle Hill, NSW 1765
Telephone Number: +61 438 040 959
Email Address: email@example.com
Human Trafficking.org is an international anti-trafficking organisation that has presence in many countries throughout the world, including Australia. In our country, they partner with the University of Technology, Sydney to offer assistance to victims and provide information drive and many other resources related to human trafficking cases.
They are also partnering with Project Respect, which focuses on supporting women victims who have also been subjected to sexual exploitation or are forced into the sex slave industry.
Project Respect Contact Information:
Addresses: PO Box 1323, Collingwood VIC 3066 and 1st Floor 126 Moor St., Fitzroy VIC 3065
Telephone: +61 3 9416 3401
Fax: +61 3 9417 0833
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, Inc. (RILC)
Human Trafficking.org also partners with the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, Inc. (RILC) which focuses on giving free and full legal services to victims within the country, specifically those who are originally from East Timor.
RILC Contact Information:
Address: 95 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, VIC
Telephone: +61 3 9483 1144 (Admin) +61 3 9483 1140 (Advice)
Fax: +61 3 9483 1136
Email Address: email@example.com
Red Cross Australia
Red Cross in Australia has also been supporting those who are suspected victims of human trafficking since 2009. They provide aid to victims of human trafficking and forced marriages that have been referred by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with the support of the Australian Government and through the Support for Trafficked People Program (STPP).
Red Cross Australia Contact Information:
Address: St Andrews House, Level 4, 464 Kent St., Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: 02 9229 4111 (Free call: 1800 812 028)
Fax: 02 9229 4244
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org