Anti-slavery Australia working with pro bono lawyers from Clayton Utz have successfully won over a million dollars in compensation payouts for 22 women forced to work in brothels in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.
The NSW Victims Compensation Tribunal awarded the statutory maximum of $50,000 to seven women in New South Wales in 2012.
At the 2013 Justice Awards dinner on 21 October 2013 this partnership was awarded the Pro Bono Partnership Award to acknowledge the excellent outcomes they have achieved for victims who have been sex-trafficked into Australia and forced to work in sexual servitude. See media release.
For more details about this partnership, see 'Sex slaves get chance at life free of abuse' by Michaela Whitbourne, SMH, 21 October 2013.
Details of the program
For over four years, Anti-Slavery Australia and Clayton Utz have worked in partnership to pioneer a path to compensation for women in NSW who have been sex-trafficked into Australia and forced to work in sexual servitude. Since its establishment in 2009, the partnership has opened up a new avenue of compensation for hundreds of women sex-trafficked into NSW each year, as well as achieving excellent outcomes for this group of highly disadvantaged clients, many of whom do not speak English, and who have lived in fear for their and their family's safety, experienced serious assault and had their dignity and rights denied. Through the partnership, clients have been able to seek compensation in a supported environment and receive a high level of legal advice they would otherwise not have been able to access. In the 2012-2013 financial year, Clayton Utz and ASA assisted 22 clients to obtain statutory compensation for trafficked clients in NSW and the partnership currently has 17 clients with applications pending.