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FACT SHEET #6: HELP AND SUPPORT FOR TRAFFICKED PEOPLE

This fact sheet examines the support services available for victims of human trafficking and exploitation in Australia.


People who have been trafficked or have experienced exploitation, slavery and/or debt bondage in Australia may need support to rebuild their lives.


Trafficked people need support to enable their physical, psychological and social recovery, including:

  • Health and welfare support
  • Legal advice and representation
  • Help finding a job
  • Help finding safe and appropriate housing
  • Access to counselling services
  • Access to interpreters
  • A living allowance
  • Employment, education and training opportunities.

Any victim support programs must take into account the the age, gender and special needs of victims of trafficking in persons, in particular the special needs of children, including appropriate housing, education and care.[i] Services must be culturally appropriate and able to respond to the special needs of trafficking victims with dependent children.


The Support for Trafficked People Program is a government-funded initiative delivered by the Red Cross. This support includes accommodation, financial assistance and access to legal advice.


Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) also play a vital role in supporting people who have been trafficked and raising community awareness.

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