UQ Trafficking in Persons Working Group

Trafficking in persons involves the movement of human beings by means of force, threats, deception, or the payment of money for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labour, servitude, or the removal of organs.

Virtually every country in the world, including Australia, faces the challenge of stopping those who exploit desperate people and protecting and assisting victims of trafficking, many of whom endure severe hardships.

In March 2008, the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland (UQ) set up the Trafficking in Persons Working Group to provide comprehensive and continuing analysis of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons in Australia. This research initiative identifies and analyses reported and suspected instances of trafficking in persons in Australia in all its forms, including trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced and servile marriage, labour trafficking, child trafficking, and trafficking for the purpose of organ removal. The Working Group documents and examines the evolution and operation of international and domestic law in this field and critically evaluates the Australian Government’s response to trafficking in persons.

This website contains information about Working Group members and current research projects, a record of reports and presentations produced by the Working Group, and outlines and analyses of relevant laws, policies, and types of trafficking in persons, and of measures to protect and assist victims of trafficking.