News: Traders in sex slaves face jail

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Subject: News: Traders in sex slaves face jail
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jan 06 1999 - 16:15:13 EST


Traders in sex slaves face jail
The Independent (U.K.), January 6, 1999

AUSTRALIA IS to introduce jail sentences of up to 25 years to confront a
growing trade in sex slaves. The plan follows increasing evidence that
young Asian women are being illegally smuggled into the country and forced
into prostitution.

A recent government report said that up to 300 young women from Thailand,
the Philippines and Cambodia had been forced into prostitution in the red
light King's Cross district of Sydney and in other state capitals after
jobs they were promised by racketeers failed to materialise.

The report said many of the women were kept against their will in brothels
and were forced to hand over their earnings. One woman told of having to
pay back more than 17,000.

"People who've been brought to Australia from elsewhere using false
immigration documents find when they get here they've got no real
documents, they can't get help and they are required to work as prostitutes
for very low wages," said Australia's Justice Minister, Amanda Vanstone.

Proposals will come before parliament this year to impose prison terms of
up to 25 years for those involved in sex slavery, with 15 years for keeping
adult sex slaves through force, threats or deception. "These are very
serious penalties and so they should be because in a modern country and a
free country like Australia there is no place for slavery," added Ms Vanstone.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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