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Support for trafficked people

Helping people recover and rebuild their lives.

A migrant lady working on machinery.

If you have experienced trafficking or forced labour, we can 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 of forced to work; 
  • been threatened to work; or
  • to work to pay off an excessive debt.

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 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

     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 (237).

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

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