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Darwin screening: Nefarious Merchant of Souls
· November 13, 2013 11:00 AM
ACL will host a screening of
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls
in Darwin this month.
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex slavery that hundreds of thousands experience daily. You’ll see where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. You’ll hear first-hand interviews with real victims and traffickers, along with expert analysis from international humanitarian leaders.
Details of the upcoming screening of the documentary are below:
Friday 29th November
Casuarina Uniting Church Resource Centre, Vanderlin Dr, Casuarina NT
Supper will be provided
For more information, please contact ACL's NT Director Yvonne Pratt on 0448 290 791 or email email@example.com
Anti-Slavery Australia Director Jennifer Burn on the Political Spot
· October 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Jennifer Burn is the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and also an Associate Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she talks about Anti-Slavery Australian and law firm Clayton Utz joining forces to access compensation for victims of sex slavery. They were awarded the Pro Bono Partnership Award at last night's Law and Justice Foundation of NSW’s 2013 Justice Awards (see
). There is also a related story in SMH about the work
Sex slaves get chance at life free of abuse.
There is also an extended version of the interview
(goes for 8 minutes)
David Hutt on the Political Spot
· February 05, 2013 11:00 AM
David Hutt is the NSW Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the NSW inquiry into human trafficking and exploitation of women. Mr Hutt and ACL's research officer appeared at the inquiry before Christmas to give evidence about the Nordic approach to prostitution reform. See also the related blog post
ACL appears at NSW inquiry into human trafficking and exploitation of women
MR: ACL appears at Parliamentary inquiry into slavery, urges action on Nordic model to combat sex trafficking
· November 20, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
The Human Rights Sub-Committee is holding an Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery like conditions and People Trafficking in Australia.
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.
Mr Shelton said there was evidence of sex trafficking into legal and illegal brothels making Australia a favoured market for traffickers.
A 2012 University of Goettingen study of 150 nations ranked Australia as a high volume destination country for trafficking, particularly of women from Southeast Asia.
In 2004 the UK Home Office in its landmark study of global prostitution regulation noted that “Victoria and New South Wales were the two worst states for the abuse of children through prostitution. The trafficking of East Asian women for the purpose of prostitution was also found to be a growing problem.”
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency recently arrested 18 Korean pimps involved in the trafficking of Korean women into Australia.
As part of Australia’s efforts to reduce this problem, ACL recommended the Joint Select Committee consider the Nordic approach to prostitution, which criminalises the purchase of sex.
Under Swedish law, prostituted women are not criminally liable; it is the purchaser of sex who is committing the crime.
ACL presented evidence showing that the Nordic approach had made Sweden an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women.
“ACL submits that we cannot seriously tackle sex slavery into Australia until we join the dots between the legalisation of brothels and the demand this creates for trafficked women,” Mr Shelton said.
“We respectfully submit that pressure has to be put on State Governments to consider the Nordic policy approach in order to begin to address the scourge of sex slavery.”
to read ACL's submission.
MR: ACL welcomes Labor support for repealing prostitution laws
· August 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 28 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby today applauded the comments of the WA shadow attorney-general John Quigley as he promised opposition support in repealing Labor’s micro-brothel legislation of 2008.
“We would not permit micro-brothels to run next to residences, full stop,” the shadow attorney-general has reportedly said.
ACL’s Western Australian Director Rhys Vallance said prostitution was inherently damaging and exploitative whether in a micro or macro brothel.
“We are pleased the opposition has vowed never to return to its very unpopular legislation,” Mr Vallance said.
“What disappoints me though is the Liberal government’s continued push to legalise brothels in so called tolerance zones.
“Evidence from around the world shows the increase in the demand for prostituted women resulting from legalised prostitution creates the perfect conditions for human trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable women,” he said.
“Governments around the world have tried many different models and still struggle to control prostitution.
“The best model is that of Sweden and now other Nordic countries where the purchase of sex is made illegal and the purchaser is penalised.
“The Premier promised the Christian constituency he would investigate the Swedish model at the last state election,” said Mr Vallance.
“We are yet to see this promise fulfilled and the longer we wait, the more likely the current bill before parliament will become as unpopular as the previous legislation now to be repealed.”
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