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Australia's response to human trafficking: understanding how diverging stakeholder perspectives affect the implementation of Australia's laws and policy
Human trafficking does take place in Australia and its victims can suffer serious human rights violations. Laws and policies to respond to this issue necessarily draw on high profile areas of government policy, such as migration, the regulation of labour and prostitution, human rights, the criminal justice system, and violence against women.
Although the substance of Australia’s human trafficking laws and policies has been the subject of robust academic and political discussion, very little attention has been paid to how these laws and policies have been implemented. The overarching purpose of my research is to help fill this gap by conducting a comprehensive study of how divergent views of stakeholders (both government and non-government) in Australia's response to human trafficking (regarding, for example, the nature of trafficking and its required response) have affected its implementation.
This research will identify issues in the implementation of Australia's human trafficking laws and policies and their causes. It will also explore the interaction of and tensions between the key government policy areas connected to human trafficking and the divergent interests and perspectives associated with them.
Having strong laws and policies in place to respond to human trafficking is vital, but not in itself sufficient. The laws and policies must be implemented effectively if they are to have their desired impact. By developing our understanding of what the problems in implementation have been and what has caused them, this research will be of value to any future initiatives which seek to improve the effectiveness of Australia’s response to human trafficking.
Because this research extends beyond the theoretical to identify the practical implications of diverging policy agendas and stakeholder interests and perspectives, it will open the door for robust discussion on matters such as how the effectiveness of Australia’s human trafficking laws and policies can be enhanced and how the different interests and perspectives of stakeholders may be accommodated going forward.