A 27-year-old Sydney man is due to appear in court today, charged with trafficking his wife and two-month-old daughter from Australia to India.
It’s alleged the man used “coercion, threats and deception” to force his Indian-born wife into travelling to India with their Australian-born daughter, before attempting to cancel her visa application and remove the child’s passport.
“The woman feared she was being forced to travel to India without her consent and eventually coerced into traveling with their 2-month-old daughter,” an Australian Federal Police spokesperson said at a press conference on Tuesday.
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“Once she was overseas, it’s alleged the man contacted the Department of Immigration to attempt to have the victim’s visa application cancelled.
“We also allege the infant’s passport was removed, preventing her to return to Australia.”
AFP said they began investigating after receiving a tip-off from an anti-slavery Australia group based at Sydney’s University of Technology in May.
The man, from Lidcombe in Sydney’s west, has been charged with one count of trafficking persons, one count of general dishonesty and one count of using a forged document
He is due to face Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court today.
The AFP confirmed both victims have since returned to Australia and are being supported under the Australian Government Support for Trafficked People Program.