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Westpac slammed over anti-human trafficking event before child exploitation crisis

It has emerged that Westpac held an extravagant event exposing the same human rights abuses it now stands accused of helping to facilitate.

Westpac has been accused of “hypocrisy” for hosting an extravagant lunch dedicated to the fight against human trafficking, while potentially helping to facilitate child sex trafficking behind the scenes.

It has emerged that the 200-year-old lender hosted a lavish business luncheon that promised to expose “the truth about human trafficking”

Public relations expert Nicole Reaney said the banks’ woes were worsened by the hypocrisy of being a vocal supporter of human rights while potentially helping to facilitate abuses behind the scenes.

“To champion human rights and sustainability causes on the one hand, and then fail to identify, address and mitigate these from your organisation is extremely damaging to the organisation’s ethical standing and reputation,” Ms Reaney told

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Nicole Reaney, Director of InsideOut PR and founder of influencer agency, #AsSeenOn . Nicole has extensive experience in corporate and consumer PR and Communications and is available to comment on topics.

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