Towards the end of human trafficking

Traffic Jam is a community-based project dedicated to the proposition that a long journey has to start even though the destination remains distant after the first steps. The intention is to end human trafficking and slavery in the world. Traffic Jam is formed around a website where people moving to countries for any purpose can safely register their details so someone knows where they are going and why. The Traffic Jam team can then monitor and follow up with these individuals to ensure they are safe. Our initial website project aims to safeguard people coming to Australia and our intention is for the website to have a global reach within two years.

Currently, there are 30 million people enslaved or trafficked around the world. With no action, this number is likely to increase and it means an increased number of people, largely women and children being enslaved, exploited, raped, drugged, beaten and killed. Through the actions of initiatives such as Traffic Jam, what is possible is a world free of slavery and bondage.

Most importantly, our website launch is on Sunday 15 June at 3pm at Redfern Town Hall and the link for that event is here: The bank account details to transfer money into in order to purchase tickets is on the Facebook page.

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7 Responses to Towards the end of human trafficking

  1. Baldrick

    Traffic Jam is formed around a website where people moving to countries for any purpose can safely register their details so someone knows where they are going and why.

    DFAT already provides a website called Smartraveller where you can register your plans and emergency information … and it’s free.
    (They even accept non-citizens – group travel – ship travel – emergency overseas or local contacts. Just what every aspiring country-shopper needs.)

  2. Alfonso

    Well, beaut….as long as this doesn’t include personal economic choice “sex workers” who make 200 x the Thai manual worker compensation rate. With additional farang benefits.

    Got to be careful about UN agencies…they often ideologically confuse compulsion with business.

  3. johanna

    Sorry, don’t buy this. How did they come up with the nice round figure of 30 million?

    There is no doubt that bad things happen to people all around the globe. But setting up a website and hiring activists isn’t going to change that.

    No doubt they will be asking taxpayers to fund their deeply caring well paid staff.

    No thanks.

  4. thefrollickingmole

    Im in 2 minds about the “people trafficking’, i happen to know the going rate for a sham marriage in oz (male or female) is around $40,000.

    A people smuggler was charging between 10-20k

    So all in all you can look at the illegal “market” setting the price of an (eventual) Australian citizenship at between 10-40,000 dollars.
    The Le family in the headlines in Perth are being painted as ruthless exploiters, yet every illegal worker there was fighting for the cance to earn $10 an hour, live as cheap as possible, and take that money back to Vietnam.
    http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Charges-stun-gardeners/7659799/
    Its nowhere near the sort of “terrible thing” the UN wants to make it out to be.

  5. Jessie

    The Point’ of an Honest Discussion of Race

    In Australia, the majority of Indigenous Australians now only take one wife. The practice continues of polygany and girls promised at a very early age, where they are transported across considerable distance to the older husband.

  6. Santiago De Silva

    I am the founder of Traffic Jam and thank you all for your feedback. I will be taking it on both in terms of how the organisation is run and how we express ourselves in the media and in public in general.

    Human trafficking and slavery is a very live issue in Australia and while it happens in many forms, there are women who are tricked into coming here under the promise of relationships, employment and study opportunities who are then forced into sexual servitude. These are the people we intend to impact the most initially.

    Traffic Jam is a different measure to Smarttraveller.gov.au in that it is for people who are travelling to Australia, who are wary about the circumstances under which they are coming here. For some, the reality is that if an offer sounds good, they must accept it simply for the chance that it can raise them and their family out of their economic situation, and Traffic Jam is there to prevent the risk that is present with people who lure individuals under the promises referred to above.

    Traffic Jam is an operation run entirely by volunteers and our company constitution prevents directors receiving any remuneration for their services.

    I thank you again for your feedback and for holding our organisation to account. It is through this accountability and transparency that we will have great power in ending human trafficking and slavery.

  7. Combine_Dave

    Traffic Jam is a different measure to Smarttraveller.gov.au in that it is for people who are travelling to Australia, who are wary about the circumstances under which they are coming here.

    Does this mean the site itself will be available in multiple languages and have promotion/advertisement in locations from whence people are likely to be trafficked (as opposed to being willingly people smuggled).

    ie; Thailand, Vietnam, parts of Eastern Europe (Lithuania?) and parts of China?

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