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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Australia: AUSTRALIAN SEX WORKERS CALL FOR LAWS TO PROTECT ...
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Aug 28 2000 - 09:08:39 EDT


           AUSTRALIAN SEX WORKERS CALL FOR LAWS TO PROTECT ...

OTC 8/11/00 3:43 AM

CANBERRA, Aug 11, 2000 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- Immigrants brought to
Australia under false pretences and forced to work in the sex industry have
no protection under current laws, national sex worker forum Scarlet
Alliance has said.
    The group called on Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock to review
legislation and policy to protect people who were exploited by illegal
immigration and criminal networks.
    "Daily we are exposed to an increasing number of smuggling and
trafficking cases and not just involving labour exploitation in the sex
industry but other industries and smuggling of refugees and other
migrants," spokeswoman Sue Metzenrath said.
    One case involved a Colombian woman who was bought to Australia under
the impression she would work as a cleaner to pay off a $A5,000 ($US2,907)
debt.
    Once she arrived here she was told her debt was $40,000 and she would
have to work as a sex worker to pay it off.
    "This case highlights the failure of the laws since she is looking at
being deported and has been offered no protection," Ms Metzenrath said.
    "The government needs to act as a matter of urgency and incorporate
human rights standards of treatment for victims of trafficking and
smuggling, clearly define these terms in law and widen visa categories
within the Migration Act in order to protect the victims."
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