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Students a part of Victoria’s sex industry
Melbourne, Jan 21 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Jan. 2010 10:31 PM IST
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A confidential study of Victoria’s sex industry has revealed that students are being recruited into the Australian state’s Asian-dominated legal and illegal brothels by college staff, immigration agents and solicitors. Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson told the Herald Sun that he believed the disturbing practice was an Australia-wide problem. Robinson appealed to the powerful State Parliament committee to further examine the role of the groups in the trafficking of women into sex work. The study, ordered by Robinson, is the state’s most comprehensive look at the world’s oldest profession since the Neave Report of 1985, which resulted in the legalising of brothels in Victoria. Prostitutes interviewed for the study revealed up to 25 percent of Victoria’s brothel workers are university students. Police and other prostitution enforcement officers are quoted in the study’s final report, which has been seen by the Herald Sun, saying some international students are recruited into brothels as soon as they arrive in Victoria. The officers claimed some English language colleges in Melbourne appear to be operating as points of entry into lucrative sex work. One prostitution enforcement officer revealed intelligence gathered in raids on brothels indicated immigration agents and solicitors are also involved in providing overseas sex workers to Victorian bordellos. “The Asians are very well organised, very well organised,” the officer said in the report, which is to be released this month.

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