Sex-trafficking Policy

on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in Sex Trafficking

Sex-trafficking Policy

Senator Hanson-Young on Sex-trafficking

Sarah Hanson-Young has been standing up for South Australia since she was elected in 2007. She took her seat as the state's first Greens Senator on July 1, 2008 and lives in Adelaide. In addition to lobbying the federal government to protect the Murray Darling basin, she is a strident voice for bringing compassion back to Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. Sarah was integral to the creation of a Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People and has worked tirelessly to protect vulnerable young people throughout Australia. Sarah is also leading the Greens' efforts to achieve marriage equality in Australia and get the Marriage Act amended so same-sex couples can marry the person they love.

Sarah Hanson-Young’s update on her work on Sex-trafficking:

The Australian Greens support programs and initiatives that improve women’s health, safety and equality. We condemn sex-trafficking in all its forms. Sex-trafficking is a black market, criminal activity which by its very nature is unregulated and exposes its victims to significant breaches of human rights, violence and disadvantage.

On behalf of the Greens I was pleased to support the recommendations of a recent Senate inquiry into slavery and people trafficking, including the establishment of a federal compensation scheme for victims of slavery and people trafficking; review of the People Trafficking Visa Framework and the Support for Victims of People Trafficking Program; and establishment of an ongoing visa and access to victim support mechanism which is not conditional on a victim of people trafficking providing assistance in the criminal justice process. Together with greater intervention in and prevention of sex trafficking, I believe these initiatives would provide important and necessary assistance to victims.

As Senator and spokesperson for immigration, I have been involved in a number of parliamentary inquiries and actions which draw attention to the crime of sex trafficking.  I will continue to speak out on the issue wherever possible, and encourage both reforms and interventions in Australia and internationally which protect the rights, health and safety of women and children.