Aug 2018 | 'End slavery in Canberra embassies': Salvation Army

Date: 3 Aug 2018

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The Salvation Army has called on the Australian government to depart from diplomatic convention and expel foreign diplomats implicated in shocking cases of slavery in the nation's capital.

As a Senate committee this week hears evidence from industry and human rights bodies about the government's draft Modern Slavery Bill, absent from the discussion is a loophole that allows alleged criminal exploitation to continue within Canberra embassies.

In a submission to the Senate committee, the Salvation Army revealed it had assisted almost a dozen domestic workers kept in slave-like conditions by foreign diplomats in their Canberra homes in 11 years.\

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