(Community Recognition Statement, Thursday 11 May, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I wish to congratulate Anti-Slavery Australia for opening the world's first one-of-a-kind 'Human Mart' near Taylor Square in Darlinghurst.
The opening coincided with International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on 25 March. The store aimed to drive awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking, which affects approximately 15,000 people in Australia today. Anti-Slavery Australia's Human Mart shed light on the frighteningly straightforward and transactional process of modern human trafficking and slavery. The store showcased over 70 physical items carrying a name and story of individuals who have been subjected to slavery. Donations raised at Human Mart will be used to support of victims and survivors of slavery. I understand organisers hope to host another Human Mart to continue raising community awareness about the confronting realities of modern slavery. I congratulate this creative education approach on a very serious matter and encourage constituents to support Human Mart and Anti-Slavery Australia in their vital advocacy work.