Human trafficking and forcing someone to marry against their will are crimes in Australia.
Trafficked people and people fleeing forced marriage are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. They often suffer from trauma and complex health problems due to psychological or physical abuse; they are often afraid to come forward as they may be unsure of their rights, socially isolated and unaware that help is available.
Trafficked people are also often fearful for their families who may have been threatened with deportation or violence.
Red Cross helps people referred by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as suspected victims of human trafficking and forced marriage through the Support for Trafficked People program (STPP). Red Cross has managed this important work since 2009, with funding from the Australian Government*.
To find out more and get help, follow the steps below:
- If you would like more information about the program, please contact Red Cross by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would like to speak to the AFP about your situation and being referred to the Red Cross Support for Trafficked People Program, please contact AFP's Human Trafficking Team by calling 131 237.
- If you would like to speak confidentially to an independent organisation about your visa status or any obligations for participating in Australian Federal Police's investigations, contact Anti-Slavery Australia by calling 02 9514 9662 during business hours.
- Human Trafficking -Frequently Asked Questions to guide you on how to recognise human trafficking, efforts to combat it and how to respond to the needs of trafficked people.
- To report a suspected case of human trafficking or forced marriage, contact Australian Federal Police on 131 AFP (131 237).
In addition, Red Cross:
The Australian Red Cross is funded by the Department of Social Services to provide the Support for Trafficked People Program. For more information please visit www.dss.gov.au.