This factsheet 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 have rights and may need support to rebuild their lives.
What support services do trafficked people need?
Trafficked people need support to enable their physical, psychological and social recovery. Support Programs for Trafficked People need to provide:
- 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.
What is the government funded support program for victims of trafficking?
The government funded and administered Support Program for Victims of Trafficking is part of the Commonwealth Government’s Anti-Trafficking Strategy. This support includes accommodation, financial assistance and access to legal advice.
The Australian Red Cross is currently contracted to manage the support program in partnership with the Office of Women.
What support services are available from NGOs?
Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) play a vital role in supporting people who have been trafficked and raising community awareness.