Slavery in Australia
Modern-day slavery and human trafficking are interchangeable terms that describe the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. At its core, human trafficking is the process of reducing human beings to property. Australia is a destination country for victims trafficked from Eastern Europe, East Asia and South East Asia, particularly the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Thailand.
In Australia, women can be trafficked and enslaved for many reasons. One reason is for sexual slavery, which is slavery for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation means taking advantage of the sexuality and attractiveness of another person to make a personal gain or profit. It is when a person is forced into prostitution and held against their will. It is the abuse of vulnerability, differential power, or trust for sexual purposes.
“80 per cent of the victims trafficked across international borders are female and 70 per cent of those females are trafficked for sexual exploitation” - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Trafficking In Person
It's the exploitation of vulnerability.
Another form of modern-day slavery is forced marriage, which is when a person gets married without freely and fully consenting, because they have been coerced, threatened or deceived, or because they are incapable of understanding the nature and effect of a marriage ceremony, for reasons including age or mental capacity.
Almost all slavery practices contain some element of forced labour, which is any work or service people are forced to do against their will under threat of some form of punishment.
Trafficking people for forced labour and sexual slavery has become the world’s No. 2 most lucrative crime, equal with the trade in weapons, and second only to the drugs trade.