Walk Free and Salvation Army calling for Government of Australia to Ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers

Perth, Sydney 17 June – Walk Free and the Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery are calling on the Australian Government to sign the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (ILO C.189) and protect the rights of migrant workers in Australia. A new report released today entitled “Improving Protections for Domestic Workers in Australia” highlights the current challenges to protecting domestic workers in Australia and the reasons why Australia should ratify this convention. The only Government that has signed Domestic Worker’s Convention in the Asia Pacific region is the Philippines.

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35.8 MILLION PEOPLE ARE ENSLAVED ACROSS THE WORLD

Improved methodology highlights 20% more people across the world in modern slavery than previous estimated, according to the Global Slavery Index 2014

Global Slavery Index 2014 key findings:

  • Modern slavery exists in all 167 countries covered by the GSI
  • Total number of people enslaved: 35.8 million people
  • Improved methodology uncovers 20% more enslaved people than previously estimated
  • Five countries account for 61% of the world’s population living in modern slavery
  • Africa and Asia continue to face biggest challenges

Please note that throughout, the terms ‘enslaved’ and ‘slavery’ are used as synonyms of ‘modern slavery’ and should not be interpreted to suggest traditional slavery in which people were held in bondage as legal property, which has been outlawed in every country across the word.
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