Restrictions eased for sex trafficking victims
Sydney Morning Herald
June 17, 2009
Victims of sex trafficking will find it easier to obtain Australian visas under changes soon to be made by the Federal Government.
Currently, victims of sex trafficking who are brought to Australia but do not have a valid visa can get a temporary visa only if they are willing to help police in their case in prosecuting traffickers.
Those who do not help police face removal from the country unless they have another visa entitling them to stay in Australia. But the change will allow women to be granted a temporary visa for up to 45 days even if they do not cooperate with police.
They will also be entitled to support services to help them with legal advice, counselling and accommodation. Read more…