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Hidden from View: Slavery in the home

Domestic Servitude - Research Note by Anti-Slavery Australia

A recent UK case has seen a husband convicted for holding his wife in servitude. Mr. Safraz Ahmed treated his wife as a domestic servant, controlling her through verbal and physical abuse.

The facts of the case highlight the difficulties that can arise in prosecuting a servitude case, since the offence generally occurs in private and may involve complex forms of intimidation and control.

This research note uses the Ahmed case as the springboard for discussion about Australia’s laws against servitude and slavery, analysing whether the case would have been successfully prosecuted if it had occurred in Australia. It also considers the nature of servitude generally, drawing parallels with domestic violence and considering the policy response that is necessary to combat this often hidden issue.

Read the full paper here.

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