Fence Of Human Trafficking

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The offence of human trafficking encompasses multiple countries and by extension, multiple jurisdictions. To simplify, the issue can be trichotomised to ‘source countries’, ‘transit countries’ and ‘destination countries’. Australia, alongside with the rest of the developed world, is widely considered a destination country. A destination country, as inferred from the title, is one where those trafficked are most commonly sent to. Throughout the world, it is estimated the number of victims of human trafficking is estimated to be around 2.4 million, the vast majority sexually exploited or enslaved in forced work. Australia’s geography and relative isolation from the world has proved advantageous in the prevention of human trafficking, however, proven not immune from the far reaching crime of organised trafficking. LEGAL RESPONSE Australia in comparison to the rest of the world has strong laws against slavery. Anti-trafficking laws were first introduced in 1824 and is currently outlawed federally by the Criminal Code Act (1995). Division 270.1 of the Criminal Code defines slavery as “the condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised, including where such a condition results from a debt or contract made by the person” The act was later amended in 2013 to include “Slavery-like offences”. Slavery like offences are described as in the cct as “servitude offences”, “forced labour offences”, “deceptive recruiting for

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