Border Crossing Observatory: Submission to NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on Human Trafficking

We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on Human Trafficking Committee (the Committee). The authors are criminologists specialising in human trafficking, irregular labour and migration with over 20 years of experience in this area. The Border Observatory is a leading international research centre producing high quality independent research on irregular migration and borders. This submission brings together our extensive published and ongoing research in the area of human trafficking, unlawful migrant labour exploitation, and the impact of border control in Australia and internationally.

The authors note that “this House establish a select committee to inquire into and report on human trafficking in
New South Wales, and in particular:
(a) the role and effectiveness of New South Wales law enforcement agencies in responding to human trafficking including:
(i) how New South Wales law enforcement agencies respond to human trafficking, including slavery, slavery like practices such as servitude, forced labour, and people trafficking,
(ii) the influence of organised crime in human trafficking in New South Wales,
(b) the prevalence of human trafficking in New South Wales,
(c) the effectiveness and of relevant legislation and policies,
(d) the practical measures and policies including security measures to protect New South Wales identity documents that would address human trafficking in New South Wales, and
(e) other related issues.”
The authors address each of these in the submission.