Trafficked women ‘used as prostitutes’ (Aust)

AAP October 23, 2009

Almost all people trafficked into Australia are forced into the sex industry, a new report reveals. Fully 95 per cent of trafficking victims were females made to work as prostitutes, and most came from Southeast Asia. Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor responded to the report from the Australian Institute of Criminology by saying much was being done to combat people trafficking from Asia and the Pacific.

“Australia has adopted a whole-of-government response to people trafficking which includes a national policing strategy and specialist police investigation teams, enhanced visa arrangements, a victim support program and regional cooperation efforts,” Mr O’Connor said in a statement. The report said not enough was known about trafficking and more research was required.