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MR: ACL welcomes PM’s $50m pledge to fight slave trade but says more needs to be done at home
· November 21, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that Australia will fund $50 million in an effort to reduce the trafficking of people in Asia, but remains concerned that it is not doing enough to combat the sex trafficking problem in Australia.
Yesterday, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
ACL’s chief of Staff Lyle Shelton and Research Officer Daniel Simon argued that the existence of legal prostitution heightened demand for prostituted women and fostered an environment in which illegal prostitution and sex trafficking flourished.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace welcomed Ms Gillard’s decision, but says more needs to be done, given the link between legalised prostitution in Australia and sex trafficking in Asia.
“The government has done a good thing in acknowledging the need to fight the slave trade in Asia, but I encourage Ms Gillard to look at the problem we have in our own backyard.
“Australia continues to be an identified destination for sex trafficking,
especially of young girls from Southeast Asia. As long as we continue to allow legalised prostitution, we will never see this issue disappear.
“As part of Australia’s efforts to reduce this problem, ACL has continually recommended that State Governments consider the Nordic approach to prostitution, which criminalises the purchase of sex. This method has made Sweden an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women,”
Mr Wallace said.
“The Federal Government must raise this at COAG if it is serious about reducing sex trafficking in Asia.”
US Department of State (June 2012), Trafficking in Persons Report,
, p 73.
European Parliament (2005),
Study on National Legislation on Prostitution and the Trafficking in Women and Children,
, p 133.
MR: ACL welcomes increase in humanitarian intake
· August 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Friday, 24 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby welcomes yesterday’s move by the federal government to increase Australia’s refugee intake.
The humanitarian program will increase Australia’s refugee intake by 6,000 every year, and will focus on bringing people from problem regions such as the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
ACL supports the generosity of our nation, and any attempts of the Australian government in putting an end to the dangerous people smuggling trade and looking after displaced persons.
ACL’s Managing Director Jim Wallace supports the new move, and says that Australia’s increase in humanitarian intervention should be an example to the rest of the world.
“ACL has long advocated that Australia raise its humanitarian intake,” Mr Wallace said.
“Too many people have died over the years waiting for us to deliberate over the asylum seeker policy. I praise the government’s move in preventing further loss of life,” he said.
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