27 September 2023

Human trafficking investigators urge Lollipop's Playland visitors to get in touch

| Claire Fenwicke
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Lollipop's Playland & Cafe

ACT Policing has urged anyone who visited Lollipop’s Playland and Cafe earlier this year to get in touch. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

An investigation into the alleged human trafficking and slavery of a Colombian woman in Canberra has led officers to Majura Park.

ACT Policing wants to speak with anyone who attended Lollipop’s Playland and Cafe in Majura Park on 18 February between 10 am and 5 pm to come forward.

The venue is regularly used for events and gatherings such as birthdays and playgroups, and officers hope anyone who had a booking, attended an event or was simply a walk-in patron on that date will get in touch as soon as possible.

Anyone who attended the business on this date is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, referencing Operation Paxton.

The investigation relates to claims from a Colombian woman that she was a victim of human trafficking and slavery, with search warrants executed at an O’Malley home and Majura Park business last month.

Police are urging everyone to be on the lookout for cases of human trafficking and slavery.

Signs that someone may be a victim of human trafficking include:

  • The person appears reluctant to travel, and/or their movements appear to be controlled by another person
  • The person does not have a passport or another form of identity or the person can’t access them
  • The person is subject to poor living or working conditions
  • The person never or rarely leaves their house for non-work reasons
  • The person has little or no money or no access to their earnings
  • The person has physical injuries which may have resulted from assault, harsh treatment or unsafe work practices
  • The person is always in the presence of their employer or another person who does not want or allow them to socialise with others.

ACT Policing has specialist officers trained in investigating these matters, and you can report information online about human trafficking for the purposes of sexual and/or labour exploitation, organ harvesting, forced marriage and slavery, or call 131 AFP (131 237).

In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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