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Australia pledges A$80 million to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia

Vowing to tackle "modern slavery" ensnaring vulnerable populations across the region, from low-paid workers to underage brides and Rohingya refugees. The funding is part of a 10-year scheme that includes training for police and judges to probe criminal networks, Australia's foreign affairs minister Marise Payne said at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok. "The initiative will also support joint international investigations to help rescue victims and ensure traffickers are charged," she said. Rising demand for cheap labour, especially in the fishing and construction industries, has spurred trafficking networks across Southeast Asia where porous borders allow for the easy movement of people. China's thirst for brides from the Mekong region has also fuelled an illicit trade of...

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Human trafficking and slavery still happen in Australia. This comic explains how...

We might not want to believe it, but human trafficking and slavery happens in Australia. Slavery is not an historical artefact, but a tragic reality for millions of people around the world, including in Australia. Recently, the term “modern slavery” has been used to contrast contemporary forms of slavery from historical slavery such as that seen during the transatlantic slave trade. In practice, modern slavery is an umbrella term that is often used to describe human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices such as servitude, forced labour and forced marriage. But slavery is timeless. It has always been about the commodification of the body of a man, woman or child, the theft of liberty and sometimes life. Anti-Slavery Australia, at the University...

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Addressing human trafficking: The Generation 414 story by AASW

Addressing human trafficking: The Generation 414 story. Founder of Generation 414, Christine Teo is a social worker specialising in women’s studies, mental health and trauma‑informed care. She is also a human rights advocate passionate about abolishing injustice and advocating for social change. Read more...

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Australia Modern Slavery Act 2018

45.8 million people worldwide are believed to be victims of modern slavery, including 15,000 Australians. Businesses with turnovers of more than $100 million will have to report what they are doing to stamp out slavery in supply chains after legislation got the final tick of approval in parliament. Read more...

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#FortunateFriday: Generation 414

A social enterprise offering organic, ethical and fair trade items which are handmade by survivors of sex trafficking is this week’s #FortunateFriday feature. Generation 414, founded by Christine Teo, is passionate about a generation rising up and speaking out about the injustices of the world. It is about being the voice for the 45.8 million adults and children whose voices have been trapped in slavery around the world today. In the brothels and factories, hidden in the shadows. It is about being the voice for the change we want to see in the world. The organisation is made up entirely of volunteers who are passionate about the fight against human trafficking and these volunteers have done such an amazing job at making...

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