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Support for trafficked people

Supporting people who have been trafficked or have been forced into marriage.

A migrant lady working on machinery.

Red Cross can help people who have been trafficked or been forced into marriage. 

Our program can help you recover and rebuild your life by providing 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.


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 of forced to work; 
  • been threatened to work; or
  • to work to pay off an excessive debt.


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.

Red Cross might be able to help if you:

  • are bring, or were, threatened, coerced, pressured or tricked into getting married;
  • have not freely and fully consented to being married;
  • were under 16 years old at the time you were married; or
  • did not have the mental capacity to consent to your 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 or My Blue Sky 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 send us a message using the contact details below.


Contact us

For more information about the Support for Trafficked People Program please contact us on:

Phone: 03 9345 1800


If you suspect a case of human trafficking, labour exploitation or forced marriage please seek specialist help. We can give advice, support and referrals to other organisations where possible. 

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 (237).

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