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“In the Asia Pacific Region, Australia represents one of the biggest destination hubs for trafficking. Individuals from Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, China, several Pacific Islands…migrate or are trafficked into Australia for a variety of employment sectors.”
There are over 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in history. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry worldwide and generates more than $32 billion per year. Today, children and adults around the globe are enslaved in sex trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage and military servitude. The United Nations reports that 56% of all victims of human trafficking are from the Asia Pacific Region. Within this region, the trade in human property has manifested to involve the exploitation of women, men, girls and boys, in a wide range of industries and settings.
In the Asia Pacific, Australia represents one of the biggest destination hubs for trafficking. Individuals from Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, China, several Pacific Islands and, to a lesser extent, India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, and Africa, migrate or are trafficked into Australia for a variety of employment sectors. Subsequent to their arrival, however, some of these individuals (namely women) are coerced into prostitution in both legal and illegal brothels. Oftentimes men are placed in more labour intensive situations, such as restaurant work, construction sites or agricultural fields.
To understand the phenomenon of modern slavery, and to formulate a sustainable and replicable response, it is fundamental to view this egregious crime as an international economic crisis. It is from this vantage point that Not For Sale has developed it’s models and methodologies of prevention, restoration and support of survivors.
In the Australian context, many cases of slavery and human trafficking are often not identified and therefore not reported, so the true extent of the problem is not fully known. An increase in public awareness, and a cross-sector response, including government agencies, NGO’s, universities and advocacy groups is helping to more clearly identify the problem in Australia.
Not For Sale in Australia
Not for Sale Australia and the Beyond BUiLD Leadership Program at the University of Technology Sydney are partnering to run a Free2Work Research Fellowship.
The Free2Work Fellowship is an opportunity to take the next step in your engagement with the movement to end modern-slavery. Through this experience, participants will gain valuable work experience, expertise and in-depth training, while assisting Free2Work senior researchers in San Francisco. This is a ‘hands on’ opportunity that will return them to Australia equipped to help form the Australian content for this great consumer education tool.
For more information on the Free2Work Research Fellowship, download the Info Guide and Application HERE or email: australia (at) notforsalecampaign dot org
Slavery Map is a tool developed by Not For Sale to help bring the crime out of the shadows. In 2012 NFS Australia is endeavoring to help in the development of this tool by providing content that follows best practice guidelines whilst providing a comprehensive representation of the issue in Australia.
We will be working with key partners in the collection of data that documents the occurrence of ‘slavery like practices’ in Australia and also in developing guidelines for the posting of the data. This data will help us analyse how this information is being delivered to Australians, whether it has had any impact on raising awareness of the issue and whether the rights of the victims are being protected in this delivery. This data will eventually be uploaded onto the redeveloped Slavery Map when it is released. Effective and authentic data is a powerful tool, for both awareness raising and victim advocacy.
If interested in contributing to this database or participating in this project Contact: australia (at) notforsaleaustralia dot org
Team NFS, a platform developed by Not For Sale, that helps to create new futures for children rescued from exploitation and slavery through education, sports, and music is gaining momentum in Australia.
To attain our goal of creating and supporting restoration and prevention projects in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific Region, we are scaling the Team NFS platform within Australia. Already NFS Australia is working with Ed Cowan, Australian International Cricket player and George Bailey, Captain of the Australian International TWENTY20 Team. Ed Cowan as our Team NFS Australia ambassador has committed to pledge $1 for every run he scores and another $50 for every century. George Bailey has recently joined Ed in this commitment.
With two international cricketer’s on board, and with growing support from other athletes, we are certain that more professional athletes will join us in the movement to end modern slavery.
Team NFS Australia News Piece, click to read.