Slavery in Modern Society

“Trafficking in persons” means “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs”. (The UN definition)

Human trafficking:

  1. What is trafficking in persons?
  2. How many?
  3. Why does it happen?
  4. How does it happen?
    E. What is the involvement of organised crime?

 Slavery in Australia

  1. How many women are trafficked?
    B. What is the extent of forced labour trafficking?
  2. What is trafficking for sexual exploitation?
    D. Do women know they are getting into?
    E. How are women trafficked?
  3. What happens to trafficked women once they are placed in debt bondage?

What is happening?

  1. The Victim
  2. The Government / Law
  3. The General Public


The support and protection of victims of trafficking is a critical element in the fight against trafficking so that they may be willing to cooperate with authorities and seek rehabilitation.

Trafficked women engage in many strategies to avoid or minimise the violence and exploitation inflicted upon them. It is important to recognise that many trafficked women want to actively attempt to change their situation. The difficulty is not that they accept the violence they experience, but that the rest of the community does.

No longer should we ignore the reality of slavery within our communities, in our cities or this Rotary Club area. Rotary does not ignore polio in the world, yet can we ignore this inhumane scourge under our proverbial nose? Slavery is not the Rotary way, nor yours, or my way. We should be fighting and providing support services for the victims, not just sitting back and expecting someone or the government will assist. We should be all in this together.