Debt bondage ‘widespread’

John Katis

John Katis

SWAN HILL councillor for Robinvale ward John Katis has vowed to crack down on overcrowding in farm worker accommodation as Mildura prepares to host a public hearing for an inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia later this month. 

Cr Katis said he had seen properties in the region that had been used to accommodate large numbers of people. 

“I’ve seen those homes being rented out, not as a unit, but rented out per head – now that goes to say a lot, doesn’t it?” he said. 

“We’re going to try to ­police it, but this sort of thing has been going on for too long. 

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