In Bali earlier today, Minister Bishop launched Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery. It demonstrates our commitment to being a regional leader in the eradication of these crimes, which result in the gravest violation of humans rights and have a detrimental impact on sustainable development and regional security.
This strategy amplifies our efforts to address human trafficking and slavery, by setting priorities for our engagement, enhancing our leadership and coordination, and enhancing our advocacy to promote regional and international cooperation on this issue.
It was also reaffirmed by Minister Bishop’s announcement of the change of title of Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, to Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking.
The Ambassador will continue to advocate for enhanced international cooperation, and the new title further highlights Australia’s commitment to tackling this serious crime.