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NEED TO KNOW FACTS

ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human trafficking has been declared as one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century!

According to the Global Slavery Index, there are 45.8 million slaves in the world today, and 80% of those are women and girls, and 50% of them are children.

78 % of the 45.8 million slaves live in the Australasia region

Whether a person is trafficked for labor, as a child bride, through adoption, or for sexual exploitation, they all experience sexual violence and exploitation.

Sexual exploitation makes up 79 % of identified forms of human trafficking, including forced prostitution, stripping, massage services and pornography

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80 % of those sold into

sexual slavery are under 24

An estimated 30,000 victims of sex traf cking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect.

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Fighting for Justice Foundation Melissa Farley's research tells us that over 80 % of women in

Melissa Farley's research tells us that over 80 % of women in prostitution if asked, would do anything else. The majority of women working in prostitution want to get out.

Whether it is pornography, prostitution or human trafficking, there are often two common denominators:

gender based/sexual violence and

demand

A truly progressive society encourages the equality and dignity of all women, not the purchase and renting of women’s bodies - which is in direct violation of gender equality and international human rights laws.

Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is a gender based violence and human rights issue.

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According to United Nations Children’s Fund

( UNICEF ) , over the past 30 years, over 30

mi l ion children have been sexua l y exploited through human tra cking.

We know from media reports and from survivors stories that women in prostitution live with PTSD, they are subject to weekly abuse, assault, bashings, degradation, rape and threats - and are deeply traumatised by experiencing daily abuse in their “workplace”.

For the approximately 20,000 women in prostitution in Australia, the legalised, decriminalised or regulated systems of prostitution does not work, for we know that the majority of women do not want to be there.

There is an undeniable and clear link between the legalisation of prostitution and the rate of trafficking of persons.

As Rachel Moran - a victim survivor of the sex trade has said:

prostitution is paid rape!

Australia is currently out of step with international norms and well as international policy developments in prostitution law reform - and needs to move towards a Nordic - like model to be human right

policy developments in prostitution law reform - and needs to move towards a Nordic - like

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compliant and gender equal.

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