Reports of Chinese women being brought to South Australia on student visas to work in brothels should serve as a warning to parliamentarians currently considering new liberalised prostitution legislation, says the Australian Christian Lobby.Read more
South Australian lower house MPs have been encouraged to consider the merits of a Nordic Approach to prostitution before they vote on the bill to decriminalise it, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.Read more
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 protected]
There is also an extended version of the interview here (goes for 8 minutes)
Caroline Norma is from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in Australia. In this interview with the ACL's Katherine Spackman she talks about recent calls for the UN to decriminalise prostitution.
Across the world, particularly in India and China, millions of girls are being killed, aborted, or abandoned simply because they are girls. Many who do survive become subjected to neglect and violence at the hands of their family members and husbands, and is motivated by centuries-old traditions and cultural dynamics.
It's a Girl is a documentary highlighting the continuing violence towards and the elimination of girls in places like India and China. It examines why this is happening and why so little is being done to stop it. It tells tragic stories of trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme violence at the hands of their families, and of those mothers who would kill their unborn girl for a son.
It's a Girl has screened across Australia in the last month, and will be available to purchase on DVD soon.
You can sign up for an email notification when it becomes available - you can do that here, and be sure to watch the official trailer above.
For more information or if you'd like to host a private screening of the film, visit the official website.
The ACL has called for an end to violence against women, particularly advocating for stricter regulation for young trafficked women. Last year, ACL appeared before the NSW inquiry into human trafficking and the exploitation of women, urging the government seriously consider banning the purchase of sex to properly tackle the growing human trafficking problem.
Read ACL's submission into the inquiry by clicking this link.
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.
Click here to read ACL’s submission.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby today backed a push to oppose the reintroduction of legislation legalising brothels in Western Australia.
“Legalising brothels is a failed experiment and we know there is a link between legal brothels and human trafficking,” said Wendy Francis, ACL spokesperson on Prostitution and Human Trafficking.
“There is a disproportionate number of overseas and overseas-born women in prostitution and many have limited English skills which should send alarm bells to society.
“The 2010 The Sex Industry in Western Australia report showed that about half of prostituted men and women in Perth were not born in Australia and almost one in five rated their skills as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’.
“Increasingly we’re hearing stories of women being trafficked to Australia from south-east Asia and sold for sex. Only last year 18 men in South Korea were arrested for pimping women to Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.
Mrs Francis welcomed comments from Member for Southern River Peter Abetz for the government to send a delegation to Sweden to investigate the Nordic approach when it comes to prostitution reform which criminalises the purchase of sex and tackles the demand from ‘Johns’.
“ACL has made many submissions state and territory parliaments in Australia advocating this approach, but the best thing would be for Western Australian MPs to visit Sweden and see for themselves how it’s impacted society and the number of women being trafficked to the country.
Christian leaders raised the Nordic model with the Premier Colin Barnett and Opposition leader Mark McGowan at a pre-election forum attended by 800 people in February.
Mr Barnett encouraged MPs to use their travel entitlement to investigate the Nordic approach.
'The Government should send a delegation to Nordic and other countries which have adopted this successful policy approach to a difficult issue,' Ms Francis said.
“If Australia is really concerned about equality between men and women then prostitution reform is one area where we can encourage a healthy view of womanhood where they’re not viewed as objects available on demand for men’s pleasure,” she said.
The conviction of a Sydney brothel owner for holding young Malaysian students in sex servitude demonstrates the need for tougher measures to combat human trafficking, the Australian Christian Lobby said.
ACL said the New South Wales Government's proposed brothel-licensing regime would not work and that the government needed to tackle the demand for prostituted and trafficked women if it was serious about ending human trafficking.
"Many people would find it hard to believe that in the 21st century girls in New South Wales are forced to work in sex slavery for up to 20 hours a day to pay off a $5,000 debt," ACL Human Trafficking spokesperson Wendy Francis said.
“The conviction of Chee Mei Wong’s has highlighted the ugly and brutal reality of human trafficking and the sex-slave trade.
“This is a scourge that cannot be ignored and the New South Wales Government needs to act urgently to tackle this problem,” she said.
ACL called on the New South Wales Government to adopt the successful approach pioneered in Sweden, implemented now by a growing list of countries, and prosecute the purchase of sex.
“New South Wales needs a brand new approach in dealing with these problems. Studies of the Swedish approach have shown the progress that can be made by criminalising the purchase of sex,” Ms Francis said.
ACL also called for local councils to be given the power to prohibit the establishment of brothels within its local government area.
Ms Francis said it was important to give local decision makers the power to reflect the concerns and wishes of their communities.
That was the message from ACL’s David Hutt and Daniel Simon as they appeared before the Community Relations Commission’s inquiry into human trafficking and the exploitation of women in Sydney on Wednesday, December 19.
NSW Director David Hutt told the inquiry that prostitution was an industry that exploited women and was driving a demand for trafficked women.
Daniel Simon, ACL’s Research Officer, spoke to the inquiry about the successful approach adopted by Sweden and a growing list of countries that prohibits the purchasing of sex.
New South Wales is the only state in Australia where prostitution operates on a decriminalised model. The government is currently considering establishing a brothel licensing regime.
ACL argued that research from around the world had shown that introducing brothel licensing would not stem the tide of women being trafficked in Sydney.
The inquiry was established after reports the government of South Korea believes there to be as many as one thousand Korean women trafficked in Australia at any given moment.
Human trafficking and the slave trade is the equal second largest criminal industry in the world – tied with the illegal arms trade. Both the United Nations and the US State Department have identified Australia as a destination for human trafficking.