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Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to begin by thanking the National Judicial College for organizing this event and for inviting me to participate. Much of my work on trafficking has taken place outside Australia. My exposure to this issue as it has played out in this country is more or less limited to involvement, since 2004, in training the specialist AFP investigators. I look forward to learning from the other presenters as well as from this highly diverse audience.

In the short time allotted, I would like to provide you with an overview of what my colleagues and I have learned about the prosecution and adjudication of trafficking in persons cases. I am fairly confident that much of this will not be new to you. Trafficking seems to be a marvelously homogenous crime and there is a striking level of similarity in the issues facing prosecutors and judges across countries and across regions. That being said, each country, and each legal system is different and clearly, there is no one model that works perfectly.

Presentation – National Judicial College of Australia 

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