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Modern slavery: Guidance for Australian courts.

The Judicial College of Victoria is pleased to publish Modern Slavery: Guidance for Australian courts.

Produced at the request of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity, the resource is the first of its kind in Australia. It focuses on how modern slavery issues are likely to arise in Australian courts and provides useful information to assist judicial officers in hearing such cases.

Today, 40.3 million people live in modern slavery globally.

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including organ trafficking, trafficking in persons/children, forced labour or services, debt bondage and forced marriage. 

'This resource will provide invaluable assistance to Australia’s judicial officers and a much wider group of stakeholders who will gain extremely useful information and guidance on this very important topic of modern slavery. It will add immensely to our understanding of this difficult area of the law’.

The Honourable John Champion, former judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria