Submission on Slavery and People-Trafficking

August 3, 2012

ALHR made the attached submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012. The Bill seeks to give effect to the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) with special reference to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, both of which Australia is a signatory.

ALHR supported the majority of the amendments, adding particular recommendations and comments to enhance the effectiveness and accessibility of the reforms, such as access to appropriate visa options for trafficked persons, and the provision of education and awareness-raising activities for victims, law enforcement officers, the judiciary, community organisations and relevant service providers.