Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has urged people to speak up about human trafficking in Australia, saying authorities have the criminals responsible in their sights.
"Sadly, young women and children are the most vulnerable to being trafficked - but help is available, and the Australian Federal Police have had several notable successes freeing victims and bringing offenders to justice," she said.
Friday marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and the federal government has said in a statement that it has had "another successful year of combating this despicable crime".
The AFP said in March that they had found a 26-year-old Indonesian woman in Sydney who had been held against her will and was subjected to forced labour for nearly six years, with authorities confiscating two properties of the perpetrators in response.
In January, a 29-year-old NSW man was sentenced to 21 months' imprisonment for forcing a woman and her child to travel to India - the first Australian conviction for an "exit human trafficking offence".
"Human trafficking is not often discussed or even considered to be an issue in Australian society," AFP Commander Hilda Sirec said following the conviction.
"It is often unreported but the reality is that Australia is not immune to human trafficking and victims in our communities are suffering in silence."
Ms Andrews said Australia would continue to bring charges against people smugglers and human traffickers.
"Today, my message is simple: raise your voice on this important issue, educate yourself and others about this serious crime and the impact it has on victims, and ask for help if you need it," Ms Andrews said.
Australian Associated Press