Merrylands Man Jailed for Tricking Wife and Facilitating Her Exit from Australia, Keywords: Merrylands man, exit trafficking, Australian Federal Police, criminal offense, deception, jail term, Title: Merrylands Man Jailed for Tricking Wife and Facilitating Her Exit from Australia

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Article: A Merrylands man has been sentenced to a maximum term of two years and one month in jail for deceiving his wife and facilitating her exit from Australia. The man, who is an Australian citizen, convinced his wife to accompany him to Afghanistan under the false pretense of undertaking charity work. The investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) began in February 2018 after the woman, an Afghani living in Australia on a partner visa, reported the deception.

According to court documents, the man booked return flight tickets for himself but only a one-way ticket for his wife. He also created a false itinerary, leading the woman to believe that they would return to Australia together. However, the man returned to Australia alone shortly after their arrival in Afghanistan and subsequently wrote a letter to the Department of Home Affairs to withdraw his sponsorship of his wife’s visa.

The woman eventually returned to Australia with the help of her relatives. The AFP officers executed a search warrant at the man’s Merrylands home and arrested him on charges of facilitating the exit of a person from Australia by using deception. He pleaded guilty to the offense and was sentenced to two years and one month in prison, with a non-parole period of 12 months.

Exit trafficking, as described by AFP Acting Detective Sergeant Sarah Manning, involves coercing, forcing, or threatening someone to leave Australia against their will. Manning emphasized that exit trafficking is an insidious offense that is often underreported, despite being a criminal offense in Australia. She commended the bravery of the victim for coming forward and trusting the AFP with the investigation.

The AFP’s human trafficking teams work diligently to ensure the well-being of victims who seek help. Each case is handled with compassion and care, with the needs of the victim being the top priority. The AFP encourages anyone who suspects or experiences modern slavery or human trafficking to contact them for assistance.

It is important to note that canceling someone’s visa, including the visa sponsor, is a Commonwealth offense in Australia and carries a potential 12-year jail term. The Support for Trafficked People Program, delivered by the Australian Red Cross, provides support to victims of human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like practices.

If you or someone you know is being exploited, help is available. The Australian Red Cross can provide confidential advice and information through their website or by calling 1800 113 015. The AFP also provides a confidential online form and can be reached at 131 AFP (237) for concerns related to modern slavery or human trafficking.