Modern slavery hearing

It’s hidden in plain sight, you may think that people are locked up somewhere, that’s not the case

Malaysian journalist Saiful Haizan Hasam went undercover in a Fairfax investigation last year, exposing shocking working conditions in Victoria’s north. Picture: Penny Stephens

Malaysian journalist Saiful Haizan Hasam went undercover in a Fairfax investigation last year, exposing shocking working conditions in Victoria’s north. Picture: Penny Stephens

MILDURA has been chosen as the only regional area to host a public hearing for an inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, which will take place later this month. 

The Walk Free Foundation estimates there are 4500 people in modern slavery in Australia, the most common forms being forced labour and debt bondage – when people borrow money they cannot repay and are required to work to pay off the debt. 

The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee led by chair, MP Chris Crewther, will hear from a range of organisations and experts during a day of public hearings in Mildura on October 30. 

Electorate officer for Mr Crewther, Zac Smith, said Mildura was chosen after submissions noted incidents of modern slavery in the region’s backpacker industry. 

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