Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More aid for victims of trafficking

February 9, 2011

AID for victims of human trafficking is to increase, with the number of victims almost doubling in the past two years and federal Minister for Women Kate Ellis saying the support system is strained.

The government will announce today $100,000 to boost the funding for victim support workers and $200,000 for research into non-sexual labour trafficking.

Ms Ellis said the support service, which helps people brought to Australia and deceived by their traffickers into working under exploitative and brutal conditions, had been under ''greater and greater pressure''.

In Australia, 66 people - most from the sex industry - are supported by the government, up from 35 at the start of 2009.

Source: The Age
More aid for victims of trafficking
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