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Defining 'De Facto' Slavery in Australia: Ownership, Consent and the Defence of Freedom

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This article examines a recent judgment of the High Court of Australia, R v. Tang which raises questions about the definition, conceptualisation and language of slavery. The authors argue that by using the language of 'slavery' to describe certain conduct, the court provides a powerful tool to address circumstances that are criminally harmful to women.

Affiliations: 1: Government of Australia; 2: Associate Professor of Public Policy, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia


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