Modern Day Slavery

In this radio episode of Focus from ABC Radio Perth, the host Jessica Strutt - along with Australian Senator Linda Reynolds and Dr Fiona McGaughey, Co-convenor UWA Modern Slavery Research Network - discuss the recent passage of Australia's Modern Slavery Act, which includes a recognition of orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery. The episode describes the ways in which for-profit orphanages in developing contexts "deliberately use children as a tourist attraction, making a profit off vulnerable and poor kids and their families." To those listeners considering volunteering in an orphanage, Jessica Strutt says "beware, you may be about to unwittingly support the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable children." Reynolds also explains some actions that Australians and other can take to address and reduce their contributions to orphanage trafficking.