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MR: Victoria Police evidence shows link between sex trafficking and legalising prostitution
· May 09, 2013 10:00 AM
Thursday, 9th May 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) says evidence given by the Victoria Police at a parliamentary inquiry shows there’s a link between sex trafficking and legalised brothels.
Victoria Police yesterday told the Parliamentary Inquiry into Slavery and People Trafficking Melbourne hearing that there is a large-scale human trafficking problem occurring in many licensed brothels in the state.
ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn says the state government’s laws surrounding prostitution don’t deter human trafficking and a new legislative approach was needed.
“Victoria Police have told the inquiry that although many brothels don’t use trafficked women, there are still plenty where trafficking is occurring,” he said.
“Prostitution has been licensed in Victoria since 1984 and as long as the states continue to allow legalised prostitution, we will never see this issue disappear.
“If the government wants to tackle the growing sex trafficking problem, it must seriously consider tackling the demand for prostituted women.
“ACL has continually advocated for the government to adopt the Nordic approach to prostitution which criminalises the purchase of sex
“The results are promising; Sweden, for example, is now seen as an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women,” he said.
In November 2012, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
ACL’s Managing Director 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.
to read ACL’s submission.
Trade of Innocents: New film to be released on human trafficking
· February 14, 2013 11:00 AM
Australian cinemas will soon be releasing a new film,
Trade of Innocents
starring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino
which focuses on the worldwide problem of human trafficking.
Trade of Innocents
tells the compelling story of a couple who set out to rescue young girls sold into South East Asia's sex slave trade, where women and children are purchased for exploitation.
This film will serve as a powerful tool for churches, ministries and organisation around our country to raise awareness of the atrocities happening in the sex industry, human trafficking and slavery of women and young children.
We encourage you to use the film as a call to action and prevention against the injustices happening around the world, and to spread the film's message of abolishing modern-day slavery.
Trade of Innocents
screening and anti-trafficking campaign will commence on 7th April 2013 in cinemas across Australia.
To find out where the film will be screening in your state and to purchase tickets online, please visit the
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You can also visit the film's
to watch the trailer and for more information.
ACL has a history of advocating for reform in human trafficking and prostitution laws throughout Australia. ACL believes that prostitution should be seen as a form of exploitation and abuse of women, and that there is an undeniable link between legalised prostitution and human trafficking.
In the last eighteen months, ACL has made submissions to the ACT, WA and Tasmanian Governments supporting the Nordic approach to prostitution legislation, which criminalises the purchase of sex. Most recently, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
to read ACL's submission.
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