Sex slave traders to be targeted
The Australian and other news media are reporting that the Australian government is "seething", or at the least "disappointed", at being named in the US State Department report.
The paper reports Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison "admitted yesterday he was 'disappointed' Australia had been listed in the Trafficking in Persons Report 2004. But he said the Government fully complied with Washington's minimum standards for fighting trafficking."
The US report acknowledged that Australia had taken steps to fight the practice by introducing new laws and an anti-trafficking unit.
Across the Tasman, TVNZ is reporting that the allegations against New Zealand have "been rejected by various organisations and government departments. The country's main anti-child-prostitution organisation says information on New Zealand is wrong.
Denise Ritchie, a spokesperson for End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking (ECPAT) says research quoted in the report is three-year-old ECPAT research, but it is used misleadingly.
Ms Ritchie says she isn't aware of a large problem of internal trafficking of child prostitutes and she doesn't know where the State Department got its information.
SOURCES - FULL STORY:
The Australian - Sex-slave traders in sights
TVNZ - NZ reject US child sex report
Catholic Women's League will fight sex slavery trade (CathNews 14/8/02)
17 Jun 2004