The Problem

  • Victims in Australia are often held in captivity, subjected to physical and sexual violence and intimidation, manipulated through illegal drugs, obliged to pay off unexpected or inflated debts to traffickers, or otherwise deceived about working arrangements. Some victims of sex trafficking and some women who migrate to Australia for arranged marriages are subjected to domestic servitude.
  • Australia is primarily a destination country for women and girls subjected to sex trafficking and for women and men subjected to forced labor. A small number of children, primarily teenage Australian and foreign girls, are subjected to sex trafficking within the country.
  • Though trafficking is not completely abolished in Australia, they are considered Tier 1 on the TIP (Trafficking In Persons) report, meaning they fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
  • Child trafficking is under reported in Australia although several cases of children trafficked from Thailand to work in Australian brothels have been prosecuted in Australian courts. In response to the number of convicted child sex offenders traveling overseas, the Australian Government introduced a new provision into the Commonwealth Criminal Code which makes it an offense for a person whose name appears on a child protection register to travel, or attempt to travel, overseas without permission from a competent authority.

Our Current Work in Australia

ZOE Australia has financial partners that help fund projects, programs, and activities within all the areas of: Prevention, Rescue, and Restoration around the globe. To visit our Australian website click here

Stop icon Prevention

  • Awareness and Education

    Raising awareness through the media, entertainment industry, influential voices, speaking engagements, and internet communities, and encouraging university and high school involvement

  • Human Trafficking Curriculum

    ZOE Foundation Australia teamed up with accomplished curriculum writer Mark Easton, to develop a set of six lesson plans which is now being used in schools in Australia to teach 10th grade students about child trafficking and the ways in which organizations and individuals are responding.

hand on hand icon Rescue

  • Funding ZOE’s Rescue facilities and projects around the world.

heart and arrow icon Restoration

  • ZOE helps to restore the lives of human trafficking survivors

Our Australian Missionaries & Staff

David Cross

Director & CEO of Australia

Andrea Cross

Education & Communications Manager

Sharon Ratten

Office Manager

Hudson Gordon

Development and Advocacy Coordinator

Australia News

The Fight In Australia

April 29, 2020

ZOE’s work in Australia to prevent, educate, and bring awareness to trafficking continues. Although the corona virus has affected the movement of our team, and restricted school, church, and small gro

Australia – Awareness

January 31, 2020

As we share about human trafficking awareness this month, we realise that many people may have false ideas or misconceptions about what human trafficking looks like. Are you aware? Do you have knowled


October 9, 2019

In the past, slavery and trafficking offenses occurring in Australia were under-reported, but the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has recently seen a rise in referrals. According to the AFP, Australia