The Morrison Government has allocated $10.6 million to tackle modern slavery, with forced marriage and sexual exploitation the areas of most concern. Source: Sunday Herald Sun.
In 2019-20, there were 223 reports of modern slavery cases in Australia, with 92 of those forced marriage, 40 sex exploitation, 29 labour exploitation and 28 human trafficking.
Victims often have Australian citizenship or residency but are also frequently from India, Afghanistan and Fiji.
The Australian Border Force estimates that for every victim in Australia authorities know about, four more go unidentified.
The Government has a national action plan that will guide it over the next five years to address the growing problem.
Part of the new funding will also go towards reaching out to big businesses including Woolworths, Coles, BHP, Country Road and Audi to make sure they have identified modern slavery risks in their supply chains.
Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs Assistant Minister Jason Wood said Australia was taking a global leadership role in addressing modern slavery.
The money includes $4.4m over five years in grant funding for civil society organisations, peak bodies and academic researchers to deliver projects that will help prevent and eliminate modern slavery.
The funding will also support vulnerable individuals at risk of modern slavery as a result of COVID-19.
Federal government injects $10.6m into fighting modern slavery in Australia (By David Hurley, Sunday Herald Sun)