NEWS: Australia gets tough on sex slave traders

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Subject: NEWS: Australia gets tough on sex slave traders
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Thu Jan 21 1999 - 17:52:32 EST


http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_248000/248763.stm
World: Asia-Pacific

             Australia gets tough on sex
             slave traders

             Many young Asian prostitutes are held against their will

             Australia is to introduce tough penalties, including jail
             sentences of up to 25 years, to confront what it says is a
             growing trade in sex slaves.

                           The crackdown follows increasing
                           evidence of young Asian women being
                           brought to Australia and forced into sex
                           slavery in Sydney's red light King's
                           Cross district and other state capitals.

             A recent report said that up to 300 young women from
             Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia had been forced into
             prostitution in King's Cross after legitimate jobs they had
             been promised by racketeers failed to materialise.

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

                           According to the Justice Department,
                           many Asian prostitutes are women who
                           simply want to begin a new life outside
                           their homeland.

                           Serious penalties

             "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
             Justice Minister Amanda Vanstone.

             The authorities say they intend to impose prison terms of up
             to 25 years for anyone involved in actual sex slavery, 15
             years for keeping sex slaves through force, threats or
             deception - unless the victim was under 18 years old. The
             maximum jail term would then be 19 years.

             "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.

             The proposed legislation which has not yet been passed in
             parliament will be reintroduced this year

             A previous attempt to introduce sex slavery legislation with a
             maximum 20-year jail sentence was introduced to parliament
             last year but lapsed because of the October election.


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