Labour exploitation: Recent examples from Australia

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Journal Article
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Human Resource Management International Digest, 2016, 24 (3), pp. 4 - 6
Issue Date:
2016
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Three cases of slavery in 2015 is a reminder that slavery exists in a variety of forms in contemporary Australia. The beneficiaries are no doubt unscrupulous employers. Slavery is a criminal offence under Australian law and carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment. One form of slavery is servitude which under Division 270 of the Criminal Code (Anti-Slavery Australia Online, 2015) is defined as the condition of a person (the victim) who provides labour or services, if, because of the use of coercion, threat or deception: 1. A reasonable person in the position of the victim would not consider himself or herself to be free: to cease providing the labour or services; and to leave the place or area where the victim provides the labour or services. 2. The victim is significantly deprived of personal freedom in respect of aspects of his or her life other than the provision of the labour or services. The offence carries a penalty of 15 years imprisonment or 20 years for an aggravated offence.
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