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FACT SHEET #1: AUSTRALIA'S SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING LAWS

Australia has a strong legal response to slavery and trafficking.


Slavery has been illegal in Australia since 1824, and in 1999 slavery offences were made part of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.


In 2013, slavery-like offences including forced marriage and forced labour were also introduced as offences into the Code.


Causing a person to enter into or remain in forced labour carries a 9-year sentence, while possessing a slave has a maximum penalty of 25 years.


Slavery and slavery-like offences are set out in Divisions 270 and 271 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995.


Trafficking offences are set out in Divisions 271.2 and 271.3 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995. These offences prohibit moving a victim into, out of, or within Australia if that movement occurs because of force, threats, or deception for the purpose of exploitation.


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