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Exposure draft - legislative amendments to Australia's people trafficking and slavery offences
Comments are requested by 13 January 2012.
The Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan OíConnor MP, invites public comment on proposed amendments to the legislative framework criminalising people trafficking, slavery, slavery-like practices, and forced marriage.
The draft legislation has been prepared following extensive consultations on the criminal justice response to slavery and people trafficking, reparations, vulnerable witness protections, and forced and servile marriage from November 2010 to February 2011.
The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery‑like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 will help ensure the broadest range of exploitative behaviour is captured and criminalised, including by:
introducing a new off[LIST][*]ence of forced labour[*]introducing a new offence which applies where a person harbours or receives a victim of trafficking or slavery[*]introducing new offences of forced marriage[*]ensuring the slavery offence applies to conduct which renders a person a slave, as well as conduct involving a person who is already a slave[*]extending the application of the existing offences of deceptive recruiting and sexual servitude so they apply to non-sexual servitude and all forms of deceptive recruiting[*]increasing the penalties applicable to the existing debt bondage offences, to ensure they are in line with the serious nature of the offences, and[*]improving the availability of reparations to victims.[*]In addition to these measures, the Bill will amend the existing definitions applying to trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like offences to ensure the broadest range of exploitative conduct is criminalised by the offences. [LIST]
If you would like to make a submission, please forward your submission no later than 13 January 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to:
Border Management and Crime Prevention Branch
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
All submissions received will be considered by the Attorney-Generalís Department.
Submissions should include the authorís name, the name of their organisation (if appropriate), email address and daytime telephone number.
Submissions and comments may be published on the website. They may also be reproduced in part or in whole and may be included in a report on this consultation, unless otherwise requested.
If confidential submissions are provided they should be sent separately from any public submission and clearly marked as confidential and not for publication. Submissions should not provide any information which identifies, or may identify, a victim(s) of people trafficking.
If you require assistance, please contact the Attorney-Generalís Department on (02) 6141 2778.