Feb 2019 | Just one in five cases of modern slavery are known to police

Date: 24 Feb 2019 

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

For every human trafficking and modern slavery victim that gets reported to police in Australia, there are four more that go undetected.

The findings were outlined in a new report released by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the first time the true extent of modern-day slavery in the country has been revealed.

Between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years, the report estimates there were between 1300 and 1900 victims of slavery in Australia, such as those exploited into labour or sex and forced into marriage.

In the two-year period, just 414 of those victims were known.

"There are estimated to be four undetected victims for every detected victim in Australia, meaning that between 928 and 1493 victims remain undetected," the report said.