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Support for trafficked people

Including those who have experienced human trafficking, forced labour or forced marriage

A migrant lady working on machinery.

If you have experienced human trafficking, forced labour or forced marriage, we can support you and help you recover.

Our program can provide financial support, access to health and accommodation services, counselling and more.

This work is funded by the Department of Social Services under the Support for Trafficked People Program.

We can also help you find other organisations and agencies that might be able to help you.

What is human trafficking and forced labour?

Human trafficking is a very severe form of exploitation and forced labour is a form of slavery. They are both much more serious than just being underpaid.

Red Cross might be able to help if you have: 

  • been deceived about work conditions
  • been coerced, threatened or forced to work
  • to work to pay off an excessive debt.

What is forced marriage?

A person is in a forced marriage if they did not freely and fully consent to being married. It is illegal in Australia. Learn more about forced marriage.

How to get help

We can provide a caseworker and help under the government’s Support for Trafficked People Program.

You can ask the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to refer you to Red Cross. Participation in the program is voluntary and you can choose to leave at any time.

If you are not comfortable contacting the AFP, you can contact Red Cross for advice.

If you are not eligible for this program we might be able to help by referring you to other Red Cross support or community support organisations.

For more information about whether you qualify for this program please get in touch using the contact details below.

Contact us

For more information about the Support for Trafficked People Program please contact us on 03 9345 1800 or send us an email.

You can also contact us if you suspect a case of human trafficking or forced labour. 

If you think someone is in imminent danger please call the police on 000.

To report or discuss a concern call the Australian Federal Police on 131 AFP (131 237).

We can give advice, support and referrals to other organisations where possible. 

Australian Government Support for Trafficked People Program

Watch this video it you've ever wondered what forced labour is, who it affects, what the signs are, how to identify people in a forced labour situation, and what you can do if you suspect a case of forced labour. You can also watch it in Korean or Mandarin.

Modern slavery resources

Red Cross has developed multilingual resources about modern slavery for community members and frontline workers, including print materials and educational videos.