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Supporting community organisations to combat slavery and human trafficking

Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O'Connor and Member for Sydney Tanya Plibersek today commended the work of two community organisations working to combat slavery and human trafficking in Australia.

Supporting community organisations to combat slavery and human trafficking

The Gillard Government has committed $350,000 to both Scarlet Alliance and Anti-Slavery Australia in support of their anti-trafficking efforts.

-I am pleased to provide this funding in support of the outstanding initiatives of Anti-Slavery Australia and Scarlet Alliance to prevent exploitation and implement evidence based trafficking prevention programs, Mr O'Connor said.

-Community organisations such as Anti-Slavery Australia and Scarlet Alliance are invaluable resources on trafficking, providing much-needed outreach, support services and advocacy.

Anti-Slavery Australia will use its funding to continue to provide specialist immigration and legal advice to trafficked people. Over the next three years, it will also concentrate on awareness-raising and education initiatives focusing on labour exploitation.

Scarlet Alliance will use its funding to enhance the capacity of sex worker organisations to deliver services to migrant sex workers through its Migration Project. It is working in partnership with Empower Foundation, a sex worker organisation in Thailand, to increase awareness and information available to Thai sex workers about legal and safe migration pathways to Australia. It provides support and information about avenues of regular migration, sex worker rights, and the regulation of the sex industry in Australia.

-Slavery and human trafficking are a fundamental debasement of humanity. The Government is committed to working in partnership with community organisations to address the full cycle of these crimes, Ms Plibersek said.

The funding is being provided from criminal assets confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act and will be provided over the 2011-14 financial years. Both organisations received funding aimed at supporting a range of anti-trafficking initiatives in the 2008 round.

 

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