Slavery occurs on a spectrum of exploitation near which Susan never dreamt to find herself. Yet, for about two months from the end of 2009, the domestic worker, then in her early thirties, claims to have been enslaved by an employer she trusted and with a family she knew well.
"I might say it was horrible," she says as we sit in her home in south western Sydney. "I was locked up in the house whenever they went out. The first time I thought 'Maybe they forgot and locked the house.'"
No mistake had been made, rather a systematic attempt to exploit the vulnerable woman.