Trafficking in women for sexual exploitation

Trafficking in women for sexual exploitation

Lara Fergus

ACSSA Briefing No. 5 — June 2005
Trafficking in women for sexual exploitation

Trafficking in human beings is large-scale and growing. It is a human rights abuse as well as a crime crossing international, national and regional jurisdictions. Trafficking is used for a wide variety of purposes, such as domestic, agricultural or sweatshop labour, marriage and prostitution. Australia is a destination country for victims of trafficking, and evidence suggests the majority are women trafficked into debt-bonded prostitution. Recent years have seen many changes in international and national responses to, and legislation on, trafficking in persons. In this paper we review some of the theoretical approaches to trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, as well as examine the current legislative, policy and service responses. We aim to provide an overview of recent developments and navigate the varied and often opposing modes of analysis surrounding the issue. Overall, ACSSA intends this paper to serve as an informative resource for services, policy makers and researchers on the subject of trafficking in women for sexual exploitation in Australia.

Authors and Acknowledgements

Lara Fergus was a Research Officer with the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Thanks to Kathleen Maltzhan from Project Respect, Libby Quinn from the Office for Women, and Sheila Jeffreys and Jennifer Oriel from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia for their time in providing information and feedback for this paper.

Publication details

ACSSA Briefing
No. 5
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2005.
44 pp.

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