The Freedom Hub Survivor School and Mission
About Ending Modern Slavery
Human trafficking and modern slavery happens within Australian borders. This makes us angry. And so we are determined to fight this crime in our country and you can join us.
This is Australia, the lucky country, how can we allow modern slavery to continue?
The Freedom Hub exists to help people who have experienced this crime and we partner in the fight to end global slavery.
We do this by…
running a Survivor School for rehabilitation
a café/event venue to help fund the school
an ethical retail and wholesale range of products
we collaborate with partners to help end this crime
and we work with corporates and businesses to asses and manage their risk of slavery
100% of profits from all that we do, funds our Survivor School.
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern Slavery is a severe form of exploitation of individuals for the purpose of personal or commercial gain and is prohibited under Article 4 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The ILO estimates that there are over 50 million people currently enslaved around the world.
In Australia, the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) identifies eight serious forms of modern slavery: trafficking in persons; slavery, servitude; forced marriage; forced labour; debt bondage; the worst forms of child labour; and deceptive recruiting for labour or services. Forced labour is defined as a worker who has not offered their services voluntarily and who faces the threat of a penalty.
How is Modern Slavery different to Exploitation?
Modern Slavery is when “coercion, threats or deception are used to exploit victims and undermine or deprive them of their freedom” (Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018). Forced labour, forced marriage, and servitude are examples of modern slavery. A victim of modern slavery has little power to escape from their employers.
Exploitation at work occurs when the employer benefits unfairly from the employee’s work. For example, employees may not be paid what they deserve, or they may be working in a dangerous environment. To change these exploitative conditions, employees can negotiate with the employer or sue the employer for violating labor rights.
To learn more about international labor rights, check out The International Labour Organisation website.
If you would like to know more about modern slavery and the work The Freedom Hub does to partner in the fight to end it, go to our Ethical Business page here.
If you would like to read articles on the many types of modern slavery go to our list of articles here
Funding the End of Slavery
The Freedom Hub Café and Event Venue
Our Cafe is a place where local customers can enjoy healthy, fresh food knowing their money is making a difference. 100% of our profits support the school and cause. We are an award winning cafe. NSW Business Chambers Regional Winner for Social Enterprise.
“Small change, Big effect”.
Our food is sourced locally whenever possible and we check there is no slavery in our supply chain. All our staff are paid full award wages and our suppliers partner to fight the crime of slavery in Australia. We also opened a small cafe on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Our event venue is ideal for function hire. Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Corporate Events, Conferences and Small parties. A blank canvas where you can style our white industrial warehouse with your own taste.
“Our stunning warehouse venue is extremely popular for people who want to align their usual spending with their values. Ethical weddings, engagements and parties are a great way to shout ‘I care’ and leverage your spending to make the world a better place”
Sally Irwin, Founder
Stories of Freedom
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