In this submission presented to the NSW Select Committee Inquiry into Human Trafficking, the Walk Free Foundatio presents the case as to why Australia needs as a priority a “Modern Slavery Act” that strengthens existing Commonwealth legislation and policies to address the crime of “human trafficking” and more broadly, the multifaceted crimes of modern slavery often hidden within global supply chains.
The Walk Free Foundation is delighted with today’s Australian Government announcement of an inquiry into the adoption of national legislation to combat modern slavery.
By Professor Kevin Bales CMG
Every great change begins with an idea and a start-up, whether it is the transformation of the world through computer technology, or the beginning of the end of slavery. All start-ups evolve in a challenging environment, and in time those that survive and prosper tend to join together – maximising skills, human and financial resources, and reach. Today, 25 years into the fourth great anti-slavery movement in human history, consolidation and partnership is the theme of the hour.
WalkFree.org was launched in 2012 as a global community with a shared vision of a world free from modern slavery. Andrew and Nicola Forrest founded WalkFree.org with their daughter Grace, after her volunteer work exposed them to the reality of modern slavery. The Movement as it is fondly known to us, was the first initiative to be launched under the Minderoo-backed Walk Free Foundation.