Modern Slavery in NSW
‘You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.’ - William Wilberforce
Last week, 8th March 2018, the Hon. Paul Green MLC, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council, introduced the Modern Slavery Bill 2018.
“This Bill is the first of its kind in Australia with New South Wales leading the nation in tackling human trafficking.” Mr Green said.
It was a great moment to witness and see stakeholders coming together from all over the State as Mr Green presented a moving and emotional speech about the need to take seriously the reality of human trafficking and modern slavery, not only in NSW but indeed across Australia and the world.
The Modern Slavery Bill will make provisions for the appointment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner and will also introduce requirements around slave-proofing supply-lines, establishing a victim-centred approach to this crime, and strengthening laws with regard to cybersex trafficking.
“I would like to acknowledge the many organisations and individuals that have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of this abhorrent crime. Today their advocacy is bearing fruit.” Mr Green stated.
The introduction of the Bill into Parliament was followed by a morning tea with representatives from many like-minded organisations and people who have been involved in developing the Modern Slavery Bill. The NSW Parliament is now leading the way in taking action on anti-trafficking legislation, as we await the Federal Government who are planning to introduce their own Modern Slavery Act later this year.
We are so encouraged by and thankful to Mr Green for his commitment and passion about using his time, energy and voice for the sake of those who are exploited and oppressed.
Mr Green shared, “I am committed to being a voice for the voiceless. Let today be a milestone in eradicating modern slavery from New South Wales. Let today be a stepping stone for federal legislation and to stamping out modern slavery worldwide.”
Our job is not yet done. We will be inviting supporters to continue advocating for robust legislation on modern slavery. Stay tuned for more information. You can read the latest at Stop The Traffik's dedicated site: www.beslavefree.org