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Addressing Human Trafficking, Slavery and Slavery-like Practices

Rights and Freedoms

Attorney-General's Department


Learn how the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) can be amended to better address human trafficking and slavery-like practices.

Criminal Justice Reform

Divisions 270 and 271 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) (Code) address human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. However, the Code needs to be amended to better reflect the reality of these crimes and the criminal justice system itself. 

The Commission has made recommendations on the following areas (amongst others):

  • Technology-facilitated crime
  • Human trafficking
  • Slavery
  • Debt bondage

This submission was made to the Attorney-General's Department's Targeted Review of Divisions 270 and 271 of the Code on 08 March 2023.

A woman sits in a sweatshop