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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.
MR: Legalising brothels not the answer to protecting women in WA
· April 08, 2013 10:00 AM
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.
MR: Sex servitude conviction evidence of growing human trafficking problem
· April 03, 2013 11:00 AM
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.
Tell Australian Women's Weekly not to promote the exploitation of women
· March 06, 2013 11:00 AM
Popular women’s magazine the Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) has changed its focus recently, with its latest March issue cover promoting highly sexualised content. Headlines such as “Lust in the dust” and “When sex is your day job” are advancing a dangerously sexualised culture in our society, the latter being a feature article in the issue promoting the normalisation and attractiveness of prostitution
You can read a section of the article online
Prostitution is a social harm and experts agree. Dr Caroline Norma, lecturer at the School of Global Studies, Social Science & Planning at RMIT University says:
There now exists a mountain of empirical research, not only from feminist social scientists, but also from psychologists, clinicians, nurses, anthropologists and economists, of the harms of prostitution for women. These harms include post-traumatic stress disorder, genital and other physical injuries, pregnancy, depression and anxiety, and social isolation. Overwhelmingly, the social science and health literature condemns prostitution as a source of harm to women, as well as children.” Read her opinion piece in The Age
The Australian Christian Lobby believes there needs to be sound policy planning for programs and initiatives to assist women to leave the sex industry and to re-build lives that reflect their own worth. ACL has been advocating strongly for Australian governments to adopt the Nordic model of prostitution reform, which criminalises the purchase of sex.
ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking
to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. In the same year, ACL’s NSW Director
David Hutt appeared before the Community Relations Commission’s inquiry
into human trafficking and the exploitation of women in Sydney, where he argued that prostitution was an industry that exploited women and was driving a demand for trafficked women. ACL also argued that research from around the world had shown the success of the Swedish approach that prohibits the purchasing of sex.
The case of a man slashing an escort worker with a samurai sword in Melbourne last year highlights the need for urgent prostitution law reform to stop women being exposed to harm and injury in extremely vulnerable situations.
We encourage you to write to the editor of the AWW voicing your disagreement with their support of the objectification and exploitation of women.
To do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NSW Director Letter to Supporters - February 2013
· February 11, 2013 11:00 AM
The New South Wales Director David Hutt’s letter to supporters in the state is now available online.
Thank you for your continued support. It is crucial as we prepare for the 2013 federal election.
This year Australians will elect a government. As Christians we want to see candidates and leaders elected who will foster a more compassionate, just and moral society.
to continue reading.
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
ACL appears at NSW inquiry into human trafficking and exploitation of women
· December 20, 2012 11:00 AM
If the NSW Government wants to tackle the state’s human trafficking problem, it must seriously consider banning the purchase of sex.
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.
MR: ACL calls for implementation of Swedish prostitution laws in response to samurai sword slashing of a prostitute
· December 19, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Today’s County Court hearing in Melbourne into the circumstances of a man slashing an escort worker with a samurai sword at his Elwood home, highlights the need for the Victorian Government to urgently follow the lead of other overseas jurisdictions and implement the Swedish policy of criminalising the purchase of sex.
ACL’s Victorian director Dan Flynn said urgent prostitution law reform was needed to stop women being exposed to harm and injury like this again.
“ACL calls on the Victorian Government to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into the successful Swedish approach which has now been adopted in Iceland, Israel, Norway and South Korea,” he said.
“Unless law reform is undertaken, escort services will continue to result in women being placed in extremely vulnerable situations. It is hoped that the death of an escort worker is not required before legislative reform is commenced.
“The Swedish approach has been found to substantially reduce demand and offers pathways out of prostitution for women caught in the trade,” he said.
Win for women as SA brothel law defeated
· November 29, 2012 11:00 AM
Legislation to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia was withdrawn from parliament this week. This follows the narrow defeat of a similar bill last week which would have decriminalised brothels and escort services, giving State sanction to the exploitation of women.
Family First’s two Upper House MPs, Dennis Hood and Robert Brokenshire worked hard to convince MPs to oppose this legislation. Click
to read the Herald Sun article on the issue.
This month, ACL presented a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry into slavery, including sex trafficking, arguing for the Australian governments consider the Nordic model of prostitution policy which criminalises the purchasing of sex rather than having the law target prostituted women.
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