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Human Trafficking & Slavery

Human Trafficking & Slavery

The Salvation Army has a unique support service for people who have experienced human trafficking, slavery or a slavery-like situation.

About exploitation and slavery

The biggest indicator of slavery/trafficking is exploitation of a person for someone else's profit, gain or advantage using violence, threats or by making false promises.

The main difference between substandard working conditions and slavery is whether or not the person is free to leave or is being coerced through some means.

Exploitation and slavery can affect men, women, young people, children and even families across a range of industries and situations, and may include

  • Agriculture/farm work
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Cleaning
  • Domestic work
  • Maritime industry/seafarers
  • Manufacturing/factory work
  • Organ removal
  • Personal/aged care
  • Sex services

Slavery-like practices may include

  • slave-like marriage
  • forced labour or servitude
  • many cases of servitude in marriage present as domestic violence

Types of Assistance

Our service is available to people whose situation exhibits factors as described above.

We will be able to provide a confidential assessment of your information and advice about what to do next. 

The service can also support people at-risk of forced marriage or people fleeing forced marriage. The service may support people fleeing a trafficking/slavery situation that occurred outside of Australia or attempts to traffic/enslave a person.

In cases of imminent danger to a person who may be at-risk, call 000 and also alert the Australian Federal Police Human Trafficking Team by calling 131 AFP (131 237).

Residential Case Management

  • No limits on length of stay 
  • Clients can access support regardless of visa status or income
  • Clients are not required to engage with law enforcement as a condition of accessing support 
  • Case management is comprehensive
  • Service approach is trauma-informed and within a human rights framework 

Non-residential Case Management

  • Provided to people living in the community on an outreach basis
  • Complementary case management can be provided to other agencies to address gaps in services. Contact us to let us know what help is needed

Prevention Support

Case Management can be provided to persons at risk of trafficking, slavery or slavery-like practices.

Eligibility for this support is assessed on a case by case basis when a person is presenting with some indicators or trafficking/slavery and there are contributing factors that increase their vulnerability.

Staff can work with clients to identify interventions that will improve their ability to remain free from exploitation. This can include prospective migrants located outside of Australia in need of information and assistance before arrival.

Contact Us

If you are in need of support or want to talk to someone about a person in need, contact the slavery and human trafficking team on 1300 473 560 or fill in the form below. 

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