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The Demand Side of Sex Trafficking

Posted in August 6th, 2013

Media Representations of Women and Men in Australia

Professor Bob Pease is from the  School of Heath and Social Development at Deakin University.  His research interests are in the fields of critical masculinity studies and critical social work practice. In the former area his specific research focus is on men’s violence against women and cross-cultural and global perspectives on men and masculinities.  His article entitled The Sex Factor: Media Representations of Women and Men in Australia appeared in the Centre for Citizenship and Globilization Research Papers December 2013 issue.  In this paper he argues that the media has a public role to play in fostering discussion about why men purchase sex.   He concludes this article by challenging readers to ‘pressure the media to raise awareness of the demand side of prostitution and sexual exploitation and the role that men can play in challenging it.”  Read more….

Education Resource Now On-line

Posted in July 30th, 2013

Resource for Secondary School Teachers

The ACRATH Education Resource is now on-line.

This educational resource has been prepared to assist  secondary school teachers in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking.

Developed as 4-step process for teaching about human trafficking: Introduction – Information – Recognition – Action, each step in the process is crucial and requires completion as students move through the learning cycle to a deepened understanding of the issue of modern day slavery and a commitment to action.

Click here to access the education resource

Slavery Here in Australia

Posted in July 27th, 2013

Woman Held in Domestic Servitude

The Saturday AM program on ABC Radio has reported that a Filipino woman who was held in domestic servitude is speaking in an effort to help others who are still trapped in similar conditions.  The woman came to Australia because she was promised a job as a live-in housekeep for a foreign diplomat.  In speaking of her treatment the woman said ” I was treated like a prison.  I’m not allowed to talk, I’m not allowed to go out, even throwing out the rubbish.”  She was not given a bed to sleep on, her passport was confiscated and she was paid no wages.  She eventually escaped with the help of her embassy and the Australian Federal Police.  Australian courts will now decide if this situation of labour exploitation was in fact modern day slavery using new laws passed by the Australian Parliament in February 2013.

Click here to read  the ABC Radio report transcript.

 A Threat Assessment

A 2013 UNODC (United Nationas Office of Drugs and Crime) report notes that rapid economic and social development in East Asia and the Pacific over recent decades has been accompanied by the development of criminal enterprises.  Four of the twelve illicit trade flows involves human beings.  “Human trafficking and migrant smuggling are still high profit-low risk crimes where conviction rates are far too low.  Efforts to solve these problems must be embedded in a wider migration and development policy framework.”

Download a copy of the UNODC report here.

ACRATH Education Resource Coming Soon

Posted in July 21st, 2013

Resource Kit for Secondary Teachers

An educational resource for secondary teachers has been developed by ACRATH Victoria.  The programme has been trialled by a group of teachers and students from Brigidine schools.  The feedback received from these teachers and students was most helpful in reviewing the resource.


ACRATH appreciates the support of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne in promoting a pilot program during which a group of about ten teachers will be trained to use this resource in July 2013.

The resource, which will be available on-line late July, aims to:

  • educate and raise awareness about human trafficking
  • provide a process for teaching about human trafficking
  • invite reflection on the issue of human trafficking
  • encourage action to address the issue of human trafficking
  • invite transformation in attitude with regard to human trafficking.
For more information about this resource contact ACRATH Education by emailing


Posted in July 21st, 2013

Focus on Garment Supply Chain

STOP THE TRAFFIK will be hosting forums in Sydney, Melbourne and North Adelaide in August and September, 2013.  The forums will focus on the garment supply chain and particularly the impact of the Sumangali schemes used by garment manufacturers in Tamil Nadu, India. This little known aspect of human trafficking in the spinning, weaving and dyeing of cotton for knitted fabrics, will be the focus of our Fashion Victims campaign later in 2013 and 2014.

In Sydney and Melbourne we will be joined by Anita Kanaiya, CEO of Oasis India. Anita has been leading the work of Oasis India in the rescue and rehabilitation of girls and women from being trafficked into these schemes.  To register please click on one of the following links:

North Sydney - 6 August, 2013
Melbourne – 7th August, 2013
North Adelaide – 9th September, 2013

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 16th, 2013

Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 7

The 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was recently released by the US State Department. The July 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights issues in the TIP report with particular emphasis on the impact on victims.  The TIP report is produced annually reporting on each country with regard to its efforts in preventing human trafficking, providing protection for victims of human trafficking and prosecuting perpetrators.

Download your copy of the July issue of Stop Trafficking here.

Demand as a Factor in Fostering Exploitation and Trafficking of Persons

The UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children has presented her annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.  “Demands for sexual exploitation, for cheap labour and domestic workers, for organ removal and sale, for illicit adoption and forced marriages, for criminal activities or begging, or for the exploitation for armed groups, all constitute substantial contributing factors to human trafficking,” the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, said while presenting her annual report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Downloaded the Special Rapporteur’s report here.

Madam Convicted for Sexual Servitude

Posted in July 9th, 2013

“Treated Human Beings as Commodities”

In Sydney a woman has been sentenced to  a maximum of six years jail for forcing young Malaysian women into sexual servitude.  In sentencing the woman the sentencing judge said the woman had been treated “not as human beings but as commodities – machines to make money.”  The women had been forced to work up to 17 hour days and were told they had a debt bondage of $58,000.  Read more…

Attorney-General Announces New Legislation

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC has announced that the Crimes Legislations (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protections and Other Measures) Bill 2013 has been passed by the Australian Parliament.  This legislation will make it possible for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence via closed-circuit television, video recording or video-link and to have a support person accompany the witness when they are giving evidence.

“Prosecutions for human trafficking and slavery rely heavily on witness testimony, so it is vital that we have measures to assist victims to give their best possible evidence to the court,” Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC said.  “The Bill passed yesterday by the Parliament will minimise the risk of re-traumatisation these victims face when giving evidence by providing appropriate support and protection.”

Download a copy of the Attorney-General’s media release here.

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