In Australia, it is estimated that for every victim of modern slavery who is detected, four victims go undetected. In addition to this, the number of cases involving children reported is low when compared to other countries.
In Australia, child abuse and the spread of child abuse material is on the rise as more Australians access the dark web with Police reporting ‘a disturbing increase in Australians downloading and sharing illegal images (or children) during the coronavirus lockdown period.’
ZOE Australia is expanding our awareness and education in 2022 with plans to increase our school and community prevention programs. ZOE Australia needs more staff to join us, so that we can work holistically to increase understanding of the problem of child trafficking in Australia. We know that as we enhance our prevention work, there will be an increase of victims identified and this will enable ZOE to provide restorative support services for children and their families in the future.
ZOE Australia Celebrates its Ten-Year Anniversary
ZOE Foundation Australia (ZFA) was established in 2011 and is part of the global movement of ZOE International. Last year ZOE Australia celebrated its ten-year anniversary. It was not possible to do an event due to the restrictions from Covid. The team chose to send out a candle as a symbol. The inscription on the candle read:
You have brought light into some of the darkest places imaginable and we want to take a moment to show you our gratitude for your support over the past 10 years.
As you light this candle, let it remind you what you have been a part of.
You have helped to prevent, rescue and restore children’s lives. And for that, we say thank you.