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Fighting Modern Slavery

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The Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership is a national movement that:

  • Supports people who have experienced human trafficking or slavery
  • Mobilises communities to identify and respond to modern slavery
  • Engages with government, business, corporations and consumers to uncover, mitigate and remediate slavery in production supply chains
  • Partners with local, state and territory governments to develop and implement localised responses
  • Empowers survivor advocates to contribute their expertise

How our support services work

The Freedom Partnership provides a range of support services to people affected by slavery.

Safe House

The Salvation Army operates a Safe House for women who have experienced trafficking and slavery in Australia. It also provides outreach support and case management to men, women and children living in the community.

The Safe House provides access to Salvation Army support, including:

  • Housing
  • Financial Support
  • Health Care
  • Education/Employment Assistance
  • Rights Education
  • Legal Support
  • International Assistance
  • Confidential Advice

Prevention Support

Case management can be provided to persons at risk of trafficking, slavery or slavery-like practices.

Eligibility for this support is assessed on a case-by-case basis when a person is presenting with some indicators of trafficking/slavery and there are contributing factors that increase their vulnerability.

Staff can work with clients to identify interventions that will improve their ability to remain free from exploitation. This can include prospective migrants located outside of Australia in need of information and assistance before arrival.

Professional Training

The Freedom Partnership also offers education and training programs for frontline professionals. Since 2014, the team has trained hundreds of personnel across Australia on how to identify and respond to modern slavery and forced marriage. Local councils, police and other organisations can request training and technical assistance about how to develop a localised collaborative response by contacting us below.

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About exploitation and slavery

The biggest indicator of slavery/trafficking is exploitation of a person for someone else's profit, gain or advantage using violence, threats or by making false promises. The main difference between substandard working conditions and slavery is whether or not the person is free to leave or is being coerced through some means.

Exploitation and slavery can affect anyone across a range of industries and situations, and may include

  • Agriculture/farm work
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Cleaning
  • Domestic work
  • Maritime industry/seafarers
  • Manufacturing/factory work
  • Organ removal
  • Personal/aged care
  • Sex services

Slavery-like practices may include

  • slave-like marriage
  • forced labour or servitude
  • many cases of servitude in marriage present as domestic violence

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