People more vulnerable to traffickers during COVID-19

Child labour is a focus of ACRATH's work - Photo: bigstock.comChild labour is a focus of ACRATH's work - Photo: bigstock.com

ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) calls for support for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30 to support those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACRATH President Sr Louise Cleary csb, who co-founded the organisation 15 years ago, urged people to support this often ‘invisible’ group of people. “Hundreds of thousands of people are being drawn to the promise of work simply to put food on their family’s table – work that often turns out to be a job in slave-like conditions. Or worse, they are coerced into labour or sexual exploitation, as our overseas partners tell us,” she said.

Sr Louise said COVID-19 is impacting on the very people most vulnerable to trafficking because they often live in poverty, lack suitable housing and healthcare, or are unable to access support services. It is a great concern to ACRATH that some people in Australia, including young women at risk of a forced marriage and some overseas workers, are also vulnerable.

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