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Reforms around surrogacy should focus on protecting women and children, not the ‘market’. Reforms around surrogacy should focus on protecting women and children, not the ‘market’. INSAGO/Shutterstock

Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy

The story of baby Gammy and his “surrogate” mother has captured the world’s attention, highlighting just how complex and fraught commercial surrogacy arrangements can be. It also shows Australia is right…
Harsh immigration policy makes it hard to stop abuse of migrant children. Harsh immigration policy makes it hard to stop abuse of migrant children. Richard Scott/PA

A rethink is needed on how to handle trafficked and migrant children

Over the past few years, policy-makers, academics and practitioners have paid more and more attention to children who are trafficked into and within the UK. But while children are trafficked for various…
Claims that most off-street prostitutes have been “trafficked” are overegged. Claims that most off-street prostitutes have been “trafficked” are overegged. Corn colonel

Choice on offer in brothels not consistent with sex trafficking

Cases in which women or children have been forced into prostitution under the violent control of a third party are often described as the tip of a very large iceberg. One of the principal statistical claims…
‘Susan’, a trafficked sex worker - one of a minority, research has suggested. ‘Susan’, a trafficked sex worker - one of a minority, research has suggested. Manchester Evening News/PA Wire

Only a minority of UK sex workers have been trafficked

The moral panic on the supposed prevalence of trafficking in the global sex industry rests on a lie: that the majority of sex workers are trafficked. In fact, the opposite is true. However, on the basis…
Taking it to the streets: the law makes it hard for sex workers to protect their health. Taking it to the streets: the law makes it hard for sex workers to protect their health. PA

Sex workers need more than condoms and shelters

In the ongoing debate on the law’s response to sex work, it has not been forgotten that sex workers have pressing health needs. However, the debate is still very much focused on sexually transmitted infections…
Flying in formation? The Nordic countries go their own way on sex work. Flying in formation? The Nordic countries go their own way on sex work. Hansjorn

The ‘Nordic model’ of prostitution law is a myth

The “Nordic model” of prostitution is often heralded for being particularly progressive and woman-friendly, built on a feminist definition of prostitution as a form of male violence against women. France…
Australia can break the people smugglers' business model by changing its ‘prohibition regime’ policy approach. Australia can break the people smugglers' business model by changing its ‘prohibition regime’ policy approach. AAP

Can we break the people smugglers’ business model?

As prime minister Kevin Rudd prepares to visit Indonesia and meet with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, he should bear in mind that the asylum seeker problem plaguing the Australian…
Children rescued from child sex trafficking in Thailand in 2011. Children rescued from child sex trafficking in Thailand in 2011. AAP/The Grey Man

Fighting child sexual exploitation overseas and at home

Alarm was raised this week when it emerged that Bernard McGrath, a former Catholic brother sought in Australia over 252 child sex charges, was able to leave New Zealand for Sri Lanka ahead of an extradition…
There isn’t much sympathy for convicted Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia. There isn’t much sympathy for convicted Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Fair trade: Indonesians want justice for jailed teens if Schapelle Corby goes free

Schapelle Corby’s fate may be the centre of public attention in Australia, but not here in Indonesia where I currently live and work. The hot topic here for the past few days has been whether or not Lady…
Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries. Laws designed to protect domestic workers could also help those trafficked from other countries. Flickr/Kara Allyson

How a simple signature can help stop people trafficking and worker abuse

Domestic workers now have greater protection from exploitative employers. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a convention which regulates working hours and prevents violence in the…

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