Two charged with human trafficking offences

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has charged a man and a woman with human trafficking offences.

Police will allege a 42-year-old woman was subjected to an three-year period of domestic servitude after being brought to Australia from Fiji.

In August 2016 the AFP received a referral from The Salvation Army relating to this matter.

On Wednesday, 19 July 2017, a search warrant was executed at a residential address The Gap in Queensland. A 56-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were charged with:

  • trafficking in persons, contrary to section 271.2(2) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), with a maximum penalty of 12 years imprisonment;
  • causing a person to enter into or remain in servitude, contrary to section 270.5(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth), with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment; and
  • allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work, contrary to section 245AD of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), with a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.

AFP Commander Lesa Gale, Manager Victim Based Crime, said this investigation highlights the reality of human trafficking.

“There are people in our community who are being exploited today and the Australian community needs to be aware human trafficking can happen anywhere. We want victims to know that there is a way out of these terrible situations for them, and that we can help,” Commander Gale said.

AFP Commander Sharon Cowden, State Manager Queensland said this investigation had resulted in a positive outcome.

“I commend the work of our AFP officers who continue to investigate these complex crimes. This result demonstrates the dedication and hard work of our officers in protecting vulnerable members of our community,” Commander Cowden said.

The man and woman are scheduled to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (Friday, 28 July 2017).

Media are reminded of strict reporting requirements around the identification of a person thought to have been trafficked

Media enquiries: AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

 

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