Kevin Hyland OBE highlights the measures needed to eradicate the crime of human trafficking in a report to the NSW Government

In July this year, Santa Marta Group Senior Special Advisor Kevin Hyland OBE travelled to Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Australia for meetings with government ministers, politicians, business leaders, NGO’s, health care professionals and church leaders, including Cardinal Charles Bo in Yangon.

In Canberra, he met with Foreign Minister Hon. Marise Payne MP,  Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs Jason Wood MP and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Positions Assistant Defence Minister Alex Hawke MP, all from the Commonwealth Government.

In Sydney, he met with representatives of the State Government including Hon. Shane Mallard, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council. 

Having played a significant role in the establishment of the Australian Modern Slavery Act, Mr Hyland was very encouraged to see the New South Wales Government propose even more robust legislative measures at State level.

Mr Hyland provided a detailed report and recommendations of the need for more robust legal frameworks endorsing those proposed in New South Wales. 

During his visit to Australia, he also presented on his proposed six-point plan, operating in addition to excellent victim support and traditional criminal justice measures, urgently needed to reduce and end this serious crime. These measures include the notion of ‘tainted money’ meaning no one should profit knowingly or unwittingly from modern slavery and any such monies should be directed to victim support and the fight to end this crime.  There is a compelling argument that the US$150 billion annual benefits these illicit activities generate must be stemmed.  The thought of any business or individual profiting from modern slavery is abhorrent and must be challenged and prevented.     

Read about Kevin Hyland’s work in Australia on The Sydney Morning Herald website