Frightened moment when mother clings to her baby while being forced to board a plane to India by a human trafficker at Sydney airport
- The woman had a fight with a man at Sydney International Airport
- She was led to the boarding gate and forced to board the flight to India
- The victim later told police he threatened to kill her if she didn’t get on the plane
- The man was sentenced to 21 months in prison during a trial in the NSW District Court
CCTV footage has captured the harrowing moment when a mother and her daughter were forced by a human trafficker to board a plane to India.
Australian Federal Police released the clip showing the woman arguing with a man before being led to the boarding gate at Sydney International Airport.
Anti-Slavery Australia informed the AFP that the mother had been threatened against her will and forced to go to India, which led to the creation of Operation Eastwater.
The man in the video – a 29-year-old from Lidcombe – had bought a one-way ticket for the woman in March 2017.
Australian Federal Police released the clip showing the woman arguing with another man before being led to the boarding gate at Sydney International Airport.
The victim later told police that the man threatened to kill her if she didn’t get on the plane.
After the woman landed in India, the man contacted the Australian Immigration Department and told them false information about the mother in a brutal attempt to ban her from returning to Down Under.
But two months later, the woman contacted Australian authorities who referred the matter to AFP’s Human Trafficking team.
The man was summoned to court in September 2017 after the AFP raided his home.
Two months later, he was arrested by police at Sydney International Airport while trying to board a flight to Bangkok.
The man was sentenced to 21 months in prison during a trial in the NSW District Court in January this year.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said she now lives in “ constant fear ” that the man might track her and her daughter.
“This anxiety and stress affect my physical, emotional and mental health,” she told the court.
‘I am very careful when I leave the house. I avoid leaving the house unless absolutely necessary.
The woman, depicted with her daughter in her hand, was threatened by the man and forced to flee to India against her will
“Ordinary things like shopping or going to the park have become more difficult because I fear for our safety.”
AFP commander Hilda Sirec said victims of human trafficking are often afraid to come forward.
Human trafficking is not often discussed or even considered an issue in Australian society. It is often not reported, but the reality is that Australia is not immune to human trafficking and victims in our communities suffer in silence, ”Cmdr. Hilda said.
“It is thanks to brave people like the woman involved in this case that our investigators have been able to work with her to bring about justice.
AFP investigators on our human trafficking teams work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of all victims who come forward and seek an escape. Their cases are handled with compassion and great care.
“Our partnerships across the industry, including with NGOs, are critical to ensuring that this often hidden crime is exposed, discussed and signals understood. Without the help of the community, it is very difficult for our researchers to take appropriate action and help victims of human trafficking. ‘
The AFP received 223 reports of crimes against human trafficking and slavery between 2019 and 2020.
In a victim impact statement, the woman said she now lives in ‘constant fear’ that the man might track her and her daughter