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Crackdown on slavery passes parliament
Herald Sun, February 27, 2013 1:04PM

LAWS cracking down on forced marriages and modern-day slavery have passed federal parliament.

The legislation, which cleared the Senate on Wednesday, gives police greater powers to investigate cases of forced labour, human trafficking and forced marriage, by making them criminal offences.

It also extends the law to cover all forms of deceptive recruitment and increases penalties for debt bondage.

Labor senator John Faulkner said slavery existed in sectors such as hospitality, construction and agriculture, as well as domestic situations.

He highlighted a case in the NSW Blue Mountains where a restaurateur was prosecuted after promising a better life to an Indian national following his arrival in Sydney.

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