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Australian religious body are urging Christians to buy slavery-free Easter eggs this year

A CATHOLIC organisation fighting modern slavery and human trafficking has launched it’s slavery-free Easter Chocolate Campaign. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is asking people to name their ‘chocolate change’ in Lent and stick to it beyond Easter.  “There’s so much we can do in 2021 to help eliminate slavery or child labour,” ACRATH Executive Officer Christine Carolan said. “Buying chocolate ... Read More »

ACRATH welcomes honest supermarket reviews of workers at risk of slave-like conditions

A CATHOLIC organisation fighting modern slavery and human trafficking has welcomed ground-breaking statements by major Australian supermarkets shining a light on a dark side of fruit and vegetable production. Woolworths and Coles have released their first review statements under the Modern Slavery Act of 2018. It requires companies to review their supply chains and check if workers face human trafficking, ... Read More »

Teachers, nurses and marriage celebrants could save hundreds of women from forced marriages, religious body says

TEACHERS, nurses and other healthcare professionals are among those well placed to save hundreds of young women in Australia in danger of being forced into marriage each year, and resource tools are being launched this week to help them. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is holding a Zoom launch on Thursday (August 27) of a suite of ... Read More »

Migrant workers caught up in Bundaberg fire vulnerable to human trafficking

A FIRE that destroyed a Bundaberg pub and backpacker hostel recently sparked Catholics against human trafficking into action. When news of the fire broke, a member of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) was quick to respond by visiting the Queensland regional town and offering support. No lives were lost but many of those who survived the fire ... Read More »

Church advocates seek lost wages for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited in Queensland

CATHOLIC religious advocates are pressing federal politicians to support an act of grace payment for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited and underpaid by a Queensland labour-hire firm. The workers from Vanuatu suffered “appalling treatment” and were underpaid tens of thousands of dollars when they were employed to pick fruit and vegetables in the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. “The disgrace of coming ... Read More »

Australian Catholics respond to ‘flourishing’ trades of human trafficking and slavery


IN 2005 two Catholic religious sisters met in an Indooroopilly coffee shop concerned at the trafficking and exploitation of humans and how the trade appeared to be flourishing. The two sisters, Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary and the late Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, started planning a response by religious orders and congregations. From that first meeting in Brisbane, a vast group ... Read More »

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