Woman To Face Court In Canberra For Trafficking People

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18 November 2009

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Woman to face court in Canberra for trafficking


A 42-year-old woman will face ACT Magistrates Court this morning, after being

charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The woman has been charged with offences including possessing a slave, debt

bondage and operating an illegal brothel.

It will be alleged in court that the woman brought sex workers to Australia to

work in exploitative conditions in Canberra.

Officers from the AFP’s Transnational Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Teams

(TSETT) executed a search warrant on 14 October 2009 in the Canberra

suburb of Kambah.

The woman was arrested and charged with the following offences:

Possessing a slave, contrary to section 270.3(1)(a) of the Criminal

Code 1995 (Cth)

Debt Bondage, contrary to section 271.8(1) of the Criminal Code 1995


Attempting to pervert the course of justice, contrary to section 43 of

the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth)

Two counts of allowing a non-citizen to work in breach of a visa

condition, contrary to section 245AC of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)

Allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work, contrary to section 245AB of

the Migration Act 1958 (Cth)

Operating a brothel other than in a prescribed location, contrary to

section 18 of the Prostitution Act (ACT)

The woman was granted conditional bail to appear at the ACT Magistrates

Court today (18 November 2009).

A 55-year-old Preston man has also been served with a summons in

connection with this matter and is due to appear in ACT Magistrates Court


The TSETT were established to investigate Commonwealth offences relating to

trafficking in persons for sexual or labour exploitation.

Where a potential victim is identified, the AFP responds immediately to remove

identified trafficking victims from harm, and to initiate victim support

arrangements in line with the whole-of-government strategy to combat


Australia is recognised as a destination country for such activities, though

current data suggests the number of victims in Australia is low with 141 victims

provided with support on the program since 2004. 

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By its very nature, this crime type involves people who are reluctant to come

forward due to shame, threats or fear. 

Police urge anyone with information they believe may be related to people

trafficking or sexual servitude to contact the AFP on 1800 813 784 (free call).

The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years imprisonment.

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