Australia pledges $55m to fight modern slavery

Foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has announce a 10 year scheme that aims to combat human trafficking and modern slavery in South East Asia. The plan involves training of police and judges to better identify slavery in criminal networks, as well as supporting joint international investigations to “help rescue victims and ensure traffickers are charged”.

 The move was announced at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok in late June.

“There are many deep-rooted factors that enable transnational crime, from corruption through to the unequal status of children and other vulnerable groups,” Payne added. “We’re committed to working with Myanmar, with Bangladesh, with ASEAN, and other partners towards a long term and durable solution,” she said. 

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Sonja Duncan