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Trafficked to Australia

Exposing Australia’s involvement in the dark world of human trafficking.


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  • DIRECTOR Dr Daniel Widdowson

  • PRODUCER Dr Daniel Widdowson



Trafficked to Australia is an hour-long documentary that examines Australia’s involvement in the dark world of human trafficking.
The project was originally designed as an educational resource, developed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies at Australia’s Charles Sturt University to support its Human Trafficking course. As the first hand stories from survivors poured in, coupled with reports from world leading experts on the issue, it soon became evident that ‘Trafficked to Australia’ should be shared with a wider audience.
Audiences will join Dr. Breann Fallon as she pulls back the curtain that masks Australia’s involvement in human trafficking and modern day slavery. How prevalent is this crisis in Australia? Where do the victims come from and where do they end up? How do crime syndicates successfully traffic their victims? What can Australia do to stem the development of this heinous crime? Dr. Fallon travels across Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific to seek answers to these questions.
Hear first-hand stories from trafficking survivors, from law enforcement and government bodies, from NGOs on the front line, and from the mouths of the perpetrators themselves.

Support this project

1.00% funded
  • $80,000.00

  • $800.00

  • April 2022

  • 3

Minimum amount is $ Maximum amount is $





margi fallon $200.00
Anonymous $500.00
Amy Patterson $100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Human trafficking is a billion dollar industry and Australia is a major player.

Australians are victims, perpetrators, and bystanders. This needs to change and CAN change. There IS hope, but revelation and education is the necessary first step.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

HOPE. Practical guidance and advice, helping the public to recognise and report instances of human trafficking, helping victims to connect with support organisations, and encouraging the authorities to progress necessary law reform.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

We want to see change in individuals in areas such as:
- How they value foreign workers.
- Views of online pornography and how it is produced.
- Being alert and aware of sexual and domestic servitude.

Community Change
- How communities respond to reports of trafficking. A prime example of this is an upper class coastal community where a successful Chinese cafe operated. The locals often joked about "China Town" and that the workers were all probably slaves who worked for next to nothing. Whilst this was commonly discussed, nobody took action for several years. We want to see communities pull together and report suspected human trafficking.

- Law reform that offers better treatment and support to survivors of human trafficking.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

TTA will achieve the desired outcomes as we already have locked in audiences through CSU and CCES. To stay on target, production will use the following roadmap.
THE PROBLEM. An introduction that highlights the pervasiveness of human trafficking throughout today’s world, with revelations that Australia is far from being immune.
EXPOSÉ. An exposé on Australian organised crime syndicates and individuals who are actively involved in the business of PREVENTION. Current prevention and enforcement programs. What strategies and capabilities do Australian Government agencies such as the Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police have in place to prevent, detect and combat human trafficking?
LOOPHOLES. How are criminal groups circumventing controls and avoiding detection? Why are survivors becoming victims a second time around? How can we break the cycle?
REFORMS. Exploring key areas of law reform that would not only help to prevent human trafficking by bols


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Centre for Customs & Excise Studies
Global Alms
Red Cross
Australian Federal Police
Australian Border Force
Salvation Army
Collective Shout
Sisters of Charity Foundation
Charles Sturt University
Freedom Hub
International Justice Mission

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We want viewers to have the hard conversations and discuss areas of their own community where human trafficking may be active.
We want average everyday Australians to advocate for those who are taken advantage of in the sex industry.
We want victims to know where they can seek information and assistance.
We want men to change their view of pornography and brothel workers.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Several ways.
- When CSU & CCES include the content in their educational courses.
- When we see the Australian media acknowledge that human trafficking is a major problem in this country.
- When the necessary law reforms are introduced to parliament, that will better support survivors of human trafficking.