An Indian bonded child laborer crying during a raid and rescue operation conducted in New Delhi.
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Taking inspiration from Britain's lead, Australia should introduce tough laws to root out forced labour from supply chains, compensate victims of slavery and appoint an anti-slavery commissioner, a parliamentary inquiry said Thursday.Australia must also tackle so-called orphanage tourism -- whereby children are abused or trafficked for profit -- and better protect vulnerable migrant workers, according to a report by the joint committee on foreign affairs, defence and trade.Australia is home to an estimated 4,300 victims of forced labour, sex exploitation and domestic servitude, the 2016 Global Slavery Index, by the Walk Free Foundation rights group, found.Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop said in August that the government was looking to introduce anti-slavery laws as soon as possible, but did not specify a date.
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