In such a celebrity driven world, it is almost mandatory to have a famous face attached to a social awareness campaign. But they can fuel the expectation that real-life victims are just like those we see on television or the big screen, writes Erin O'Brien.
New laws to try stamp out modern slavery in Australia and overseas are introduced into Federal Parliament.
Using consumer power to end labour exploitation sounds attractive, but often it's only an option for those who can afford to allow political values to trump financial realities, writes Erin O'Brien.
Child sex offenders are being put on notice by the Turnbull Government as it commits nearly $70 million to fighting child exploitation.
Sex workers are calling for complete decriminalisation of their industry, arguing current laws deprive prostitutes of basic rights such as equal treatment from police.
Australia needs a comprehensive suite of new laws to stamp out modern slavery, a Federal committee's report tabled today in Parliament has found.
One of the biggest "voluntourism" companies in the world is cutting ties with all overseas orphanages, as evidence grows of children being stolen or trafficked to fulfil demand created by tourists.
Veteran journalist and human rights advocate Jeff McMullen says many Australians do not know the parts of our history in which we had “conditions akin to slavery”.