Woman charged over alleged human trafficking of mother and baby

A WOMAN has been charged for her role in the alleged trafficking of a woman and infant child from Sydney to India last year.

The 45-year-old, who was subject to a border alert, was arrested at Sydney International Airport yesterday as she attempted to leave the country.

The arrest is part of an Australian Federal Police investigation which centres on allegations that a 27-year-old Lidcombe man used coercion, threats and deception to force his wife and Australian-born infant child to go to India against their will in March 2017.


The man was arrested in December, and is currently before court facing human trafficking, general dishonesty and forgery charges.

Authorities say that following the man’s arrest in December, the AFP human trafficking team continued to gather evidence to substantiate further charges against a 45-year-old Indian woman, allegedly involved in the trafficking.

After being arrested yesterday she was charged with organising and facilitating the exit of another person out of Australia.

Police will allege in court the woman was involved in coercing the trafficked woman and her infant child to leave Australia in March 2017, and later destroyed the child’s passport to prevent their return to Australia.

The woman is due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court today.

The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for 12 years.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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