It is a sobering fact that, right now, in the 21st century, many of our fellow human beings experience human trafficking and slavery. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that in 2012, at least 20.9 million people around the world were trapped in forced labour, of which 9.1 million people had been trafficked. Remarkably, according to the ILO more than half of these victims were in the Asia-Pacific region. These statistics are grim, and when confronted with numbers on such a large scale it is easy to lose sight of the individual. Each number represents a man, woman or child who has lost their safety, freedom and dignity. These figures represent abuse of human rights on an enormous scale. Australia...
The first free Australian online training program for frontline workers dealing with trafficking and slavery is being launched today by Sydney-based Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Funded by the Australian Government through the Proceeds of Crime program, the course will offer comprehensive training on human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour and forced marriage.
It has been developed for frontline workers from community organisations, government, teachers, health care professionals and law enforcement. The course also covers principles for working with trafficked people and details available support, indicators, referral pathways and next steps.
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