Arrested development company arrested in ACT news
The company, Avanti, is believed to be a subsidiary of a multinational company, based in the Netherlands, that makes construction and maintenance equipment and has offices in the US and Europe.
The arrest of its CEO, a woman, in the ACT has also sparked concern.
“We’ve got to ask the question: Is this the future for the country?”
ACT Premier Cathy McGowan said.
Ms McGowan told News Corp she had spoken to Mr Sink, who is currently on bail and has been questioned by police. “
It’s about time we put an end to this, and we’re calling on the state to act and take action.”
Ms McGowan told News Corp she had spoken to Mr Sink, who is currently on bail and has been questioned by police.
He is currently in custody and will appear before a magistrate on Monday.
ACT Premier says she has asked Mr Sinks to come before court in ACT’s north-west to appear.
“There are still people on the streets, but the number of people we are talking to are young, healthy and well-educated people who can contribute,” Ms McGown said.
The company has produced work for local authorities, as well as for the Government, and was registered in the Dutch capital Rotterdam.
“I think it is important that the public understands that there are serious consequences for those who are involved in the trafficking of these materials and we need to do everything possible to keep the public safe,” Ms MacGowan said in a statement.
ACT Government says it has asked the Department of Trade and Industry to investigate the matter.
Avantis parent company, Pimco, has been identified as a company involved in human trafficking in the country, but Ms McGower said she was not aware of any further investigations.
“The ACT Government has called on Pimcom to ensure that their investigations are properly undertaken and to identify and hold accountable those who engage in these illegal activities,” she said.
She said the Government was committed to fighting the trafficking industry, and the investigation would also seek to find out what was happening to the workers.
“They’re all vulnerable workers, and I hope this is a start towards finding out what’s going on and what needs to be done to stop the problem,” she added.
ACT Premier Catherine McGowan has also been calling on law enforcement to tackle the problem.
“Pimcom, like many other major Australian companies, are a huge target for human traffickers,” she told News Corporation.
“And these young women are the real victims of this trade.”
ACT Premier asks for action against PimCom and Avantii source News Corp.au article ACT Premier Michelle Roberts says the Government needs to step in.
“Our focus needs to turn from the profit motive to the real need to address this,” she has said.
ACT Police are now assisting with the investigation, while the Government has contacted the Department for the Arts and Culture and the ACT Government’s Indigenous Affairs Department.
ACT Attorney-General Ian MacDonald said the investigation into Avantia is ongoing.
“At this stage there is no indication of any criminal charges,” he said.
The Department for Arts and the Commonwealth is working with local law enforcement agencies, and has put in place new policies to ensure the welfare of all the vulnerable workers in the construction industry.
“These workers are often vulnerable, are often in poverty, and are working at a time when their community is facing an influx of new immigrants,” Ms MacDonald said.
In a statement, the Department said: “This is a serious matter that requires the cooperation of local authorities in tackling this serious crime.”
ACT Police say they are aware of the case but not ready to comment on it.
“As soon as we can get the facts we will be in touch,” a statement from ACT Police said.
Ms Roberts has said the ACT is working to raise awareness about the trafficking in these types of products and has launched a “Make A Difference” campaign in the city of Rotterdams.