KASAMA Vol. 16 No. 3 / July-August-September 2002 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network
Sex Slave Death in Villawood
On 26 September 2001 a young Vietnamese
woman died in the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney.
Allegedly brought to Australia for prostitution at 12, she
lived a life of sexual servitude until she was 20, when
she was detained by the Department of Immigration.
On January 13 2002, a second trafficked woman died in Villawood.
Why are we detaining and deporting trafficked women?
Why have there been no prosecutions of traffickers?
How can we stop these deaths?
To commemorate these women's deaths and raise awareness of the plight of trafficked women and girls in Australia come along to
THE GPO, BOURKE STREET MALL
11 AM, WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
wear white clothes or a white headband
and bring a white chrysanthemum
Trafficking in women for prostitution is huge international criminal industry. Where 'people smugglers' transport people, often asylum seekers for a fee, traffickers move women with the aim of exploiting them in prostitution. In 1999, the Commonwealth Government brought in Slavery and Sexual Servitude legislation to address this crime. There have been no prosecutions.
SHOW YOUR COMPASSION AND SOLIDARITY!
Enquiries: 9416 3401,
In the following week we will be distributing information about a letter writing campaign to urge the Federal Government to change their approach to detaining trafficked women, and we would be very appreciative if individuals and organisations could write to the government and media about this issue.
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