A National Compensation Scheme – Briefing Notes


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While human trafficking is a federal crime there is no federal compensation scheme for victims of human tra cking.

People who have been tra cked have already experienced incredible trauma in experiencing the crime that was committed against them and in having to retell their story as they seek the support they need to recover. Compensation is their right not a privilege.

The current legislative framework for combating tra cking in Australia does not a ord victims of tra cking adequate human rights protection. Australia requires a holistic human rights based approach to bring domestic laws in line with Australia’s international human rights obligations. A Federal Compensation scheme is one aspect of this.

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