According to Project Reach, an Australia-based nongovernmental organization, Australia's sex slavery laws are failing and police are not doing enough to free enslaved women. A sex industry insider says traffickers are turning to Korean women after police cracked down on the importation of Thai sex slaves.
The Australian Crime Commission confirmed that while the number of Thai sex workers in Australia had decreased, the number from South Korea had increased.
Industry insiders say traffickers will switch again as there have been no successful prosecutions for sexual servitude in Australia. Former federal police officer Chris Payne gave an example of one Melbourne brothel where five Thai women were allegedly used as sex slaves. The brothel later changed owners and continue its business as usual.1
More than 100 people had been summoned by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) over alleged sex slavery.
The ACC has told a parliamentary committee that 107 people have been summonsed and interviewed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Kalgoorlie since 2003 when a special intelligence operation began. A further 50 informal interviews have been conducted.
About a third of the interviews have been done with prostitutes, who mostly came from South Korea, Thailand and China. Others have been conducted with owners of premises, associates, financiers and customers.
Organisers of sex trafficking are primarily from South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia or China, many of whom are based in Australia. Sydney remains the most significant entry point for trafficked women.
It has been estimated 300 women are brought into Australia each year and up to 1,000 women currently work as sex slaves. The evidence was provided by the ACC to the parliamentary joint committee on the ACC, which is reviewing the implementation of a 2004 report into sex trafficking.
Committee chair Santo Santoro (LP, Qld) told parliament, Australia had made significant progress in cracking down on sex trafficking since the start of a national action plan and passing of new laws in June 2005. But Senator Santoro said the problem remained significant.
The committee called for a continued role for the ACC in tackling sex trafficking, a review of the new laws next year and an auditor-general review of the national action plan.2
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