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Prostitution and trafficking in Australia

April 25th, 2007 . by Matt

Cheers to P for the link.

On September 25, a Korean cram school instructor left for Australia with a “working holiday” visa. The working holiday visa is available to people between 18 and 30 from certain countries including South Korea who want to visit Australia and supplement their travel funds through incidental employment.

A broker had told the instructor that she could learn English and make money by working in a restaurant, but when she arrived in Australia she was forced into prostitution in a Chinese-run brothel in New South Wales.

The brothel manager took the instructor’s passport and visa and forced her to service customers until she paid off a “debt” of US$20,000 (US$1=W928). On October 14, the instructor took a day off due to menstruation and managed to contact the local police and escape.

Police here say that Australia’s working holiday visa rules are increasingly abused by Koreans going overseas for prostitution. Recently Seoul Metropolitan Police indicted without detention three traffickers who had sent 89 Korean women including college students to red-light districts in Australia.

While some of the trafficked women were duped liked the instructor, many knew exactly what they were getting into. “Ms. H” was one of them. H left Seoul for Australia on a working holiday visa after she saw an online advertisement that promised wages of up to W4 million a month for working in “bars.” H ended up in a saloon for Koreans in Sydney.

There is a real Korean wave in my hometown of Sydney of Korean prostitutes. I have not seen any statistics, but almost every newspaper that has advertising for brothels mentions Korean women, so I am guessing that Korean women could be up to 50% of the prostitutes in Sydney. I would say the trafficking in the above story has more to it than what is written.


101 Responses to “Prostitution and trafficking in Australia”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    Errol is there a correlation between the results of this survey and the fact it was done by a Japanese research centre?

    If the Japan Youth Research Center was engaged in mindless boosterism it wouldn’t have highlighted the good points of the USA and China vis-a-vis Japan.

    Or are you implying that a survey carried out by the Korean Youth Research Center wouldn’t have the same results.

    Especially if the Korean Center was ‘sponsored’
    by ‘H’ Group.