Qld couple charged with keeping a house slave

A man and woman have been charged with human trafficking offences after a Fijian woman was allegedly kept as a house slave for eight years.

The 56-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were arrested on Wednesday after Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at a home at The Gap in Queensland.

They were charged with a string of offences including trafficking persons, causing a person to enter into or remain in servitude, and allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work.


Police allege a “42-year-old woman was subjected to an eight-year period of domestic servitude after being brought to Australia from Fiji”.

They were alerted to the incident after receiving a referral from the The Salvation Army.

AFP Commander Lesa Gale, Manager Victim Based Crime, said this investigation highlights the reality of human trafficking.

“There are people in our community who are being exploited today and the Australian community needs to be aware human trafficking can happen anywhere. We want victims to know that there is a way out of these terrible situations for them, and that we can help,” Commander Gale said.

The man and woman are due to appear in the Queensland Magistrates Court today.