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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, Red Cross can support you and help you recover.

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

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

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

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.

Watch this video to learn more about forced labour: 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. The video is available in English, Korean and Mandarin.

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

Contact our Support for Trafficked People Program by calling 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).

You can ask the Australian Federal Police 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.

Modern slavery resources

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

SEE THE RESOURCES