The trade is in people but the currency is hope.
Human traffickers and people involved in the buying and selling of people and exercising ownership of another people, trade on people’s hopes.
The hope for a better future for their children.
The hope for an education
The hope for a job
The hope to provide food and shelter for their families
'I Will' is a short visual narrative based on a true story written by a human trafficking survivor. Her story is a powerful message of survival, hope, overcoming extreme adversities through love and courage. In collaboration with director Suzanne Kim, we created this visual narrative as part of encouraging the Australian Government to adopt national legislation combatting modern day slavery.
Human trafficking and slavery occurs here in Australia.
Australia is a destination country for people who have been trafficked. In Australia, human trafficking leads to exploitation in a number of forms including sexual exploitation, forced labour, visa exploitation, forced marriage and domestic servitude. Each of these is characterised by deception, coercion, force, threat and abuse, and each is an issue of human rights and in many cases, child protection and gender inequality.
We call these types of exploitation modern slavery. In Australia, they are punishable under the Criminal Code Act (1995).
Significant signs of trafficking include:
POOR SELF ESTEEM
DECEPTION & COERCION
CONTROLLED BY OTHERS
THREATS AGAINST THEIR FAMILY
NO LEGAL DOCUMENTS
NO MEDICAL CARE
DISTRUSTFUL OF AUTHORITIES
LIMITED SOCIAL CONTACT
If you or a person you know is in immediate danger, call 000.
You can call the Australian Federal Police Human Trafficking Team on 131AFP (131237) or email AOCC-Client-Liaison@afp.gov.au
The Salvation Army operates Australia’s only Safe House for persons who have experienced trafficking & slavery in Australia. Contact the Safe House on 1300 473 560
Anti-Slavery Australia provides free, confidential legal advice and referrals. You can call them on (02) 9514 9660 or go to their website here.