Trafficking in persons involves the movement of human beings by means of force, threats, deception, or the payment of money for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labour, servitude, or the removal of organs. Virtually every country in the world, including Australia, faces the challenge of stopping those who exploit desperate people and protecting and assisting victims of trafficking, many of whom endure severe hardships.
In March 2008, the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland (UQ) set up the Human Trafficking Working Group to provide comprehensive and continuing analysis of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons in Australia. This research initiative identifies and analyses reported and suspected instances of trafficking in persons in Australia in all its forms, including trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced and servile marriage, labour trafficking, child trafficking, and trafficking for the purpose of organ removal. The Working Group documents and examines the evolution and operation of international and domestic law in this field and critically evaluates the Australian Government’s response to trafficking in persons.
This website contains reports and presentations produced by the Working Group, information about Working Group members and current research projects, and links to relevant statistics and other data. The website also features a complete collection of cases containing all known or suspected instances of trafficking in persons in Australia. Additionally, there is information and analyses of relevant legislation, including trafficking offences and international laws, with many links to other organisations and websites. Research on issues such as child trafficking, child sex tourism, organ trafficking, and labour trafficking is also available, along with information regarding victim support, visas for victims of trafficking, and the role of relevant government agencies. News and other media reports relating to trafficking in persons in Australia is posted to the website and updated every week.