Tackling Modern Slavery and Voluntourism
During a visit to Cambodia with Save the Children in January 2016, Senator Reynolds became aware of an issue – voluntourism. Thousands of Australians supporting the trafficking and institutionalisation of vulnerable children in so-called orphanages, often in slavery like conditions.
After fighting for the introduction of modern slavery legislation in Australia, as well as the recognition of orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery, Senator Reynolds was delighted to be the Minister responsible for the successful passage of the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 in the Senate. The centerpiece of this legislation is the introduction of an annual modern slavery reporting requirement for large companies and other entities, like universities and large charities.
The global nature of modern slavery demands a global response, and no one country alone will ever be able to address this scourge.
The Morrison Government’s Modern Slavery Bill sets a clear standard for action, which will help Australia deliver tangible results, and the freedom from slavery for millions of people globally.