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FACT SHEET #11: COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING


This fact sheet examines the forms of compensation available to trafficked and exploited people in Australia, and some of the obstacles that can make it difficult for survivors to obtain reparations.


Victims of slavery, slavery-like practices and human trafficking suffer gross violations of their human rights. They may suffer severe physical and psychological trauma resulting from sexual or other physical violence, coercion, threats and intimidation. In addition, they may suffer economic loss as a result of the crimes committed against them through loss of wages or property.


There is a need for these people to be able to obtain a remedy for the harm suffered, through a system of compensation for victims of human trafficking and slavery.


Although trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, forced labour and forced marriage are all Commonwealth offences, there is no corresponding federal framework to compensate victims of these offences.


Currently in Australia, statutory victims compensation schemes are provided by each of the States and Territories. This does not provide a consistent and comprehensive framework for victims of trafficking to access compensation.


Anti-Slavery Australia advocates for the establishment of a Commonwealth compensation scheme.


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