What is child sex trafficking?
Child sex trafficking is a global phenomenon that affects every country, including Australia.
Every single day children around the world are being lured, kidnapped, sold, transported, drugged, beaten, threatened, starved, imprisoned, and forced into having sex with up to 26 men a day.
This savage form of modern day slavery impacts the lives of children as young as three. Sadly, there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.
Know the Facts:
Human trafficking is the 3rd largest criminal industry in the world.
An estimated 1 million children around the world are forced into prostitution every year, and the total number of prostituted children could be as high as 10 million.
1.8 million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade though this figure is thought to be much higher due to the underground dealings of the traffickers.
Australians have been identified as child sex tourists in 25 countries and the largest group of sex tourists prosecuted in Thailand (31%).
Child Sex Tourism Laws in Australia
To combat child sex tourism, Australian laws make it an offence for Australian citizens to:
Engage in sexual activity with children under 16 in foreign countries.
Benefit or encourage the commission of a child sex tourism offence.
Groom or procure a child for sexual activity overseas.
Prepare or plan a trip for the purpose of child sex tourism.
To possess, control, produce, distribute or obtain child pornography.
Australians who commit such offences overseas can be investigated and prosecuted under Australian law. The penalties for these offences include imprisonment for up to 25 years for individuals and fines up to $825,000 for corporate bodies.
Child sex slavery is a human rights abuse that can be prevented. With your help we can rescue and protect children from being trafficked.