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Sexual slavery laws on trial in High Court

The Institute’s Specific Issues Committee Women and Poverty draws our attention to a case before the High Court of Australia, ‘The Queen v Wei Tang’. This is a critical case in Australian law and society as it considers sexual slavery and all other forms of slavery.

Nina Vallins, Joint Co-ordinator of Project Respect Inc, Australia’s leading anti-trafficking
and slavery non-government organisation, says “Slavery is defined in Australian and international law as one of the most serious violations of human rights as well as, in certain circumstances, a war crime and a crime against humanity.

“The human rights of victims of trafficking and slavery must be placed at the centre of the Australian Government’s entire approach to preventing and responding to trafficking, slavery and servitude. Nothing less is acceptable.”

Read the media release from Project Respect to learn about:

  • Facts on trafficking, sexual slavery and debt contracts
  • Actions on trafficking and slavery needed from the Rudd Government

Download the media release here.

From: Specific Issues Committee, Women and Poverty (Sisters Leonie Crotty, Miriam Grech, Angela Reed, Anne Ryan). The Committee warmly invites your response to the article or the issue.
Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator