NSW Police have launched a crowdfunding campaign for victims and their families affected by the “horrendal” crime of human trafficking.
The campaign aims to raise $1,500 for victims, the police force said.
“The number of victims of human sex trafficking is on the rise in Australia, especially amongst children,” the police said in a statement.
New South Wales Police has launched a new campaign to raise funds for victims following the “shocking” crime.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he wanted to pay tribute to the victims and families affected and said the funding would enable them to have the support they need to survive.
He said the “crowdfunding drive” was part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about the issue.
Mr Scipionne said he was pleased with the response to the campaign, which he called “incredibly important”.
“We want to help the victims of the crime to be able to go on living and be able get on with their lives,” he said.
“We don’t want to put a burden on the victims to go through that process.
People who have been in this situation are extremely resilient.”
The NSW Police Department said the funds would be used to provide support and resources to victims and family members of victims, including housing, counselling, and to provide legal advice.
It said the money would not be used for legal fees.
In a statement, the NSW Department of Child Protection and Family Services said it was working with victims and witnesses to help them “come to terms with their ordeal”.
“This is an incredibly challenging time for the victims, as it will be difficult for them to come to terms as to what happened to them,” the statement read.
Commissioner Scipio said the response was encouraging.
“This kind of support is a great reminder to us of how important it is to have a community support system, as we are now seeing in the Northern Territory,” he told AAP.
Victims have had to deal with a “shameful crime”, and the support that’s been provided by the community has been a “lifeline”, he said, adding that it was hoped the money raised would allow victims and victims’ families to move on.
Child Protection Minister Paula Bennett said the campaign was important because it gave the community the opportunity to share their stories with police and the community, as well as to encourage police to help more victims.
“I think this is an important opportunity to do something, but it’s not the end of the world,” she said.
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