A 27-YEAR-OLD Lidcombe man charged with allegedly trafficking his Indian wife and their two-month-old daughter from Sydney to India, has had his bail continued to reappear in court on December 19.
Detectives from the Australian Federal Police's (AFP) Human Trafficking Team launched an investigation in May after a referral from the non-government group Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology (UTS).
It will be alleged in court that the man used coercion, threats and deception to force his wife and child to go to India in March this year.
He also allegedly provided false and misleading information to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection relating to visa applications by his wife.
He's been charged with one count of trafficking persons (exit from Australia), which carries a maximum penalty of 12 years along with a forge documents charge and general dishonesty charge.
Detective Superintendent Dan Evans, Coordinator of the AFP's Victim Based Crime Command in Sydney, said the AFP had worked closely with Australian government and law enforcement agencies, along with non-government organisations during the investigation.
"Partnerships are critical to the effective investigation of human trafficking offences," he said.
"The AFP continues to build and value strong working relationships throughout many sectors of the community.
"This is a reminder that forcing someone to leave Australia using coercion, threats or deception is an offence under our laws, and strict Commonwealth human trafficking offences may apply."
The woman and the child allegedly involved have since returned to Australia and are being supported under the Australian Government's Support for Trafficked People Program.