People trafficking into Australia

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has released its second Trafficking in persons monitoring report and a research paper, People trafficking in Australia.

Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the Gillard Government was serious about tackling people trafficking which is why new laws to criminalise forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking were introduced into the Parliament.

“These reports show that people are not only trafficked for sex but for forced labour, servile marriage and domestic servitude,” Ms Roxon said.

Federal Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins said the vast majority of trafficking victims were women trafficked for sexual exploitation (68% of police investigations and 81.4% of program clients).

For Govt press release click here.

For AIC report, Trafficking in Persons monitoring report: January 2009-June 2011 click here.

For AIC report, People Trafficking in Australia click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Thailand Sex Trade

Curtin Corner is hosting a talk by Lorel Mayberry from Curtin’s School of Public Health who will speak on: Sex in the City? Or changing lives for the Hill Tribe children of Northern Thailand. It will be held 3 Aug 2012, 4-5pm at JCIPP, EBC Building, Building 100, Curtin Uni. Details email jcipp@curtin.edu.au or call 9266 2807.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

A compromised bill is expected to go through the WA Parliament in the second half of May. It will most likely include a sunset clause which will legalise prostitution, which is currently legal, for five years before making it illegal again.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill and any move to introduce a sunset clause. Speak also to Liberal members who are supporting the sunset clause.

Tasmania Prostitution Paper

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 11 June 2012, 1220 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 11 June 2012, 630 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.  

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

A compromised bill is expected to go through the WA Parliament in the second half of May. It will most likely include a sunset clause which will legalise prostitution, which is currently legal, for five years before making it illegal again.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill and any move to introduce a sunset clause. Speak also to Liberal members who are supporting the sunset clause.

Tasmania Prostitution Paper

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 2 May 2012, 1216 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 2 May 2012, 630 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.  

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

The Sunday Times, (March 25, 2012 pg9, Joe Spagnolo, Madam aids Pastor MP) reported that Christian Pastor and Member for Morley, Ian Britza accepted $1500 in donations from brothel owner Mary Anne Kenworthy. Britza said he would be supporting the Government bill to legalise prostution but that the donation did not influence his decision.

On March 21, 2012 the member for Carine, Tony Krsticevic MLA tabled a petition of 1078 signatures calling for the WA Prostitution Bill, which will legalise prostitution, to be heavily amended or rejected completely. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

The Attorney General, Christian Porter is said to be happy to work with the Labor Party to get the Government’s Prostitution laws through Parliament. Until now the Labor Party has said it would not support the bill. Fremantle MLA Adele Carles has gone to Sweden to dtermine whether the model used in that country could be adapted to WA.

Action: People are being asked to thank Tony Krsticevic for tabling this petition.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill.

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. Submissions are due by 9 March. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 25 March 2012, 1207 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 25 March 2012, 508 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

The WA Govt did not debate the Prostitution Bill in the final sitting week of parliament for 2011. The next opportunity it can be debated is Feb 21, 2012. The Bill will make prostitution, for the first time, legal in WA. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

View the Govt press release

Read the ACL response

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. Submissions are due by 9 March. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 18 Feb 2012, 1198 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Nefarious Merchant of Souls Tasmania Screenings

Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery is to be screened in Launceston 4 March 2012, 7.30pm at the Tramshed, 4 Invermay Rd. It will be showin at the Energiser Life Church, in Hobart on 6 March, 7.30pm.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Nefarious Merchant of Souls Perth Screenings

Nefarious, Merchant of Souls, a a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery is to be screened 19th Feb 2012, 7.15pm at the Riverview Church, 1 Thorogood Street, Burswood.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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Anti-Discrimination Laws

Attorney General Robert McClelland and Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong launched a public discussion paper on Sept 22, 2011 to seek community views on the consolidation of Federal antidiscrimination laws. Senator Wong said: “As part of this project, the Government is also delivering on its commitment to introduce prohibitions on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The Australian Sex Party is drafting a submission and has Christians in its sights. It is calling for people to come to them with stories of religious groups that have discriminated against them based on their sexuality and is asking people to comment on whether they think religions should be allowed to discriminate. They want to include these stories in their submission.

 For discussion paper: http://www.ag.gov.au/antidiscrimination

Submissions should be sent to the Attorney-General’s Department via email: antidiscrimination@ag.gov.au (preferred method), fax: 02 6141 4925 or mailed to:

Assistant Secretary
International Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

The submissions will inform the development of exposure draft legislation, which will be released for further public consultation in early 2012. Submissions on the discussion paper can be made until 1 February 2012.

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Reist Baseless

The Australian Association of National Advertisers has described an opinion piece written by Melinda Tankard Reist, in which the author claims industry self regulation has failed to stop the objectification of women and the sexualisation of children, as “baseless and inaccurate”. For more: http://mumbrella.com.au/ad-association-hits-back-at-baseless-and-inaccurate-tankard-reist-sexploitation-piece-63709

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POSTED 10 Nov 2011
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