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If your life is in danger CALL 000. AUSTRALIA FEDERAL POLICE (AFP) 131 237 or (02) 6131 3000 HUMAN SEXUAL TRAFFICKING is a Commonwealth Crime.

Legal Definition of Human Sexual Trafficking

Organised criminal activity in which humans being are treated as possessions to be controlled or exploited (as being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor). First known use: 1904
Source: Merriam Webster Dictionnary, Retrived 11 Dec 2017.

Phone advice

Call the AFP’s National Switchboard on (02) 6131 3000 if you:

  • need help reporting a crime
  • have questions about whether you should report a crime to the AFP

You cannot generally report a crime by phone but AFP will be happy to assist you in making a written report.

 After hours you can call (02) 6126 7777 (the AOCC Watchfloor).

If you or someone else is being sexually abused by trafficking methods, please call immediately The Australian Federal Police.

Even without an Australian Visa, you will be protected. People have commited a crime against you and you won’t be sent back home or punished. We will house you into a secure, safe home, away from your trafficker/’boyfriend’, pimp, manager. 

If in doubt or for support, email info at to discuss your situation.  

Report a Commonwealth crime

You can report a Commonwealth crime online by using AFP’s form.

You can also post a written report to your nearest AFP office. Postal addresses for your nearest office can be found at the bottom of this page.

Have you included:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Your address
  • Times and dates
  • Locations
  • Names of people, including middle names and dates of birth
  • Facts about the crime

Anonymous information

If you would like to provide anonymous information about any crime (State, Territory or Commonwealth crimes) please phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crimestoppers website.

United Nations (UN) definition of trafficking in persons

Trafficking in persons is defined in Article 3a of the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children as:

a) the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;

(b) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation is irrelevant ;

(c) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered “trafficking in persons” even if this does not involve any of the means set forth in subparagraph (a);

(d) “Child” shall mean any person under eighteen years of age.

Source: United Nations, retrieved 11 Dec 2017