Immigration and prostitution in Australia

While so much of the world is moving against the inhumane and degrading sex trade, thanks to a proliferation of Asian brothels, proliferating under a policy of multicultural diversity,  Sydney is moving in the opposite direction.  With hundreds of legal and illegal brothels, massage parlours and escort services, Sydney is quickly becoming the Amsterdam of the South, a more attractive mecca for sex tourism than Bangkok or Manila.  A NSW Government document reveals Sydney alone has more than double the number of legal brothels than in the whole of Victoria and Queensland combined.

Twenty years ago, indications that multiculturalism was proliferating the levels o immigrant prostitution in Australia was already apparent as reflected in the following findings.

Methods and Techniques

About 300 Thai women were held in the sex industry under debt bondage in Sydney, Australia in 1995. (Maria Moscaritolo, “Australia takes aim at Asian sex slave trade,” Reuters, 26 May 1998)

International crime syndicates traffic drugs and women, including 10 small syndicates that traffic 300 Thai women yearly. (CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

Women trafficked to Australia are indentured by a $15,000-$18,000 debt, which they must work off before they are freed. (CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

Recruiters from Australia go to Russia to hire women for “table top dancing” in clubs, which often have links to brothels. (CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

Some trafficked and prostituted women who are deported from Australia may try to return to pay off the debt bond because they cannot return home without money. (CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

Health and Well-being

Trafficked and prostituted Asian women and girls in Australia suffer with active infections, pelvic inflammatory diseases, acute herpes and traumatic pelvic syndromes, as a result of pressure to pay off their debt bonds as soon as possible.” (Sydney Sexual Health Centre, CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

Case

In June 1995, a 13-year-old Thai girl was found working in a Sydney brothel. The girl was one of 300 indebted Thai women working as sex slaves in Sydney brothels.(Maria Moscaritolo, “Australia takes aim at Asian sex slave trade,” Reuters, 26 May 1998)

Policy and Law

Australia plans to introduce tougher laws including 20-year jail terms to curb the increased trafficking in Asian women for prostitution. As of yet, Australia does not have laws that outlaw holding individuals captive for sexual exploitation. (Maria Moscaritolo, “Australia takes aim at Asian sex slave trade,” Reuters, 26 May 1998)

Bride Trafficking

There are 20,000 Filipina mail order brides in Australia. (Gabriela, Statistics and the State of the Philippines, 24 July 1997)

In Australia men may undertake “serial sponsorship”of mail-order-brides. They bring in women for the purpose of marriage, sexually exploit them, then refuse to marry them. They often “sponsor” one woman after another. (CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

Prostitution

Prostitution grosses A$30 million annually. (Federal Police estimates, CATW – Asia Pacific, Trafficking in Women and Prostitution in the Asia Pacific)

There are 3,000 children, some younger than 10, in the Australian sex industry, which includes brothels, escort work, street prostitution, pornography, sex for favors and stripping. (EPCAT report, Agence France-Presse, 13 April 1998)

59 of 2,992 prostitutes studied for a report conducted by the  NGO  End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (EPCAT) were between 10 and 12 years old. 15 were under 10 years old. Two-thirds were girls. (EPCAT report, Agence France-Presse, 13 April 1998)

Multicultural policies, and lax supervision of visa abuse has been identified as enabling purveyors of child prostitution to practice their pernicious trade in Australia was studied by EPCAT, which collected information from early 471 government and non-government agencies working with children. Abused result in the effective sale young people and youth homelessness, where a good proportion of children in Australia suffering as a result of these practices are immigrants. EPCAT found that:

  • More than 1200 Victorian children are involved in prostitution – the highest rate in the nation.
  • 320 Queensland children were involved in child prostitution.
  • More than 3100 Australian children aged 12-18 sold sex to survive.
  • Children younger than 10 were involved in organized pedophile rings.
  • Child pornography was not limited to the inner cities but was increasing in rural and regional areas.

More recently, it has been revealed that: “The statistics show 150 illegal brothels operate in the state, with hundreds more believed to be going unreported. Several industry figures estimate that there are at least 10,000 sex workers in NSW alone – putting the state on a par with Amsterdam. The European sex capital is now winding back its legal brothel numbers due to major problems with organised crime and people-trafficking. It has long been suspected Sydney is the sex capital of Australia, but the figures have shocked industry insiders.” (Sydney Daily Telegraph, November 12, 2010).

A policy of multiculturalism that facilitates the entry to Australia of unskilled young women, ostensibly for purposes of study, or to enter into sham marriages, or even as employees in businesses where they will not work, leaves them open to exploitation and debasement. Melissa Farley, PhD, has written: “It is a cruel lie to suggest that decriminalisation or legalisation will protect anyone in prostitution. There is much evidence that whatever its legal status, prostitution causes great harm to women. … In the past two decades, a number of authors have documented or analysed the sexual and physical violence that is the normative experience for women in prostitution. “  Western governments like Australia that bend to pressure from developing countries to accept migrant women, often in the expectation of remittances, cannot shirk their share of guilt in facilitating the indignities these young women endure.

Dr Farley has unearthed disturbing statistics on the impact of prostitution on vulnerable immigrants; while her findings are largely taken from the immigrant sex industry in Chicago, it is reasonable to apply them to Sydney and other Australian cities where unscrupulous procurers, often Asian immigrants themselves, demean and abuse their immigrant prostitutes: “Sexual violence and physical assault are the norm for women in all types of prostitution. [One study] found that 80% of women who had been trafficked or prostituted suffered violence-related injuries in prostitution. … In another study, 94% of those in street prostitution had experienced sexual assault and 75% had been raped by one or more johns. In the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal, 60% of prostituted women suffered physical assaults; 70% experienced verbal threats of physical assault; 40% experienced sexual violence; and 40% had been forced into prostitution or sexual abuse by acquaintances.  It has been assumed that decriminalisation/legalisation will decrease street prostitution and that prostitution will then move indoors, where it will be physically safer for those in it. Those promoting legalised prostitution suggest that women will be safer in indoor prostitution than they are in street prostitution. However, women in Chicago reported the same frequency of rape in escort and in street prostitution.”

In a climate of multicultural diversity where police and other authorities are reluctant to intercede because of concerns about breaching cultural mores and behaving in authoritarian ways that appear insensitive, immigrant prostitutes are often at a great disadvantage. Australian prostitutes in Sydney who exploited, harassed and abused can move to another parlour where the conditions are more satisfactory. But the immigrant prostitute, especially if she is in this country illegally, or in breach of visa conditions, must submit to inhumane conditions.

These women, unfortunate victims of multiculturalism, are often caught in an economic dilemma, having borrowed heavily from opportunistic agents in their own countries, whether China, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea or some other developing country, where there is already an oversupply of prostitutes, of whom many are not educated in safe sex practices. They susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases, and likely to infect the men who are lured into the immoral establishments for which they work.  But they are also indentured to extortionate agents who engage in an illegal trafficking business, contracted to repay fees that are compounded by accrued interest for arranging passage that are already highly inflated from the time the unfortunate victims enter into the contracts. Since many of the women come from indigent families, believing Australians to be extremely wealthy, they are deluded into seizing the opportunity to work in Australia as prostitutes certain they will pay off the debt well before their visas expire and still have a surplus to remit to their families. Often, they fail to do, falling into debt peonage. But if they are successful, the money they do send back adds to Australia’s deficit, and ultimately contributes to a fall in the value of the Australian dollar.

The cultural and moral integrity of the Australian social fabric is under many threats from unsustainable growth rates in immigration. But it is not only Australia that suffers from this unbridled swamping of the community with a massive influx of opportunities for commercial prurience. Governments who do not rein in indiscriminate immigration must accept blame for the exploitation of women unable to guard their own well-being.

 

Appendix 1: A list of some of the more notorious houses of disrepute graced upon Sydney by way of third world immigration-one of the so-called benefits of diversity.

1              Penny’s 77a (upstairs) Enmore Road Newtown 9557 7565.       pennys77.com.au

2              206 Commonwealth St Surry Hills 9280 4208.

3              19 Pritchard Place Peakhurst 9533 2025        19pritchardplace.com

4              Liaisons 535 Glenmore Rd Edgecliff 9363 0250.         liaisons.com.au

5              Amanda Heavens 60 Whiting St Artarmon 9460 6100.             amandaheavens.com.au

6              751 New Canterbury Road Hurlstone Park 9558 0148.

7              231 George St Liverpool.

8              Vixens 271 Marrickville Rd Marrickville 9564 2872.

9              359 Riley St Surry Hills 9281 1331. subdomain only

10           Amore 673 Princes Hwy St Peters 9565 2132.              amore.com.au

11           Cleopatra’s 12 Hargraves Place Wetherill Park 9609 6668.        cleopatrasgentlemansclub.com.au

12           Tiffanys 99 Albion St Surry Hills NSW Australia 9212 1195.    tiffanysgirls.com.au

13           The Site 8 Wentworth St Granville 9897 7788.             thesite.com.au

14           Montanas             montanas.com.au

15           Taylors 58 Railway St Lidcombe 9646 5555.

16           184 Belmore Road Riverwood 9584 0148.   riverwoodcougartown.com

17           203 Parramatta Road Five Dock 9747 0696.               subdomain only

18           Stiletto 82 Parramatta Road Camperdown 8594 8888.              stiletto.net.au

19           377 Riley St Surry Hills 9212 2646  atouchofclass.com.au

20           Salon Kitty’s 310 Cleveland St Surry Hills 9549 5200.                salonkittys.com

21           Sakura Palace 57 Reservoir St Surry Hills 9281 2818.

22           Red Rose 130 Botany Rd Alexandria 9698 4753.

23           127 Regent St Chippendale 9319 3349.

24           The Penthouse 250 Pitt St Sydney 9264 6610.             thepenthouse.com.au

25           22 Brodie St Rydalmere 9684 4888.               sydneyincall.com.au

26           104 Pacific Hwy Roseville 9416 7291.

27           17 Bermill St Rockdale 9567 9494. studiorelaxgirls.com.au

28           375 West Botany St Rockdale 9599 1669.

29           Interlude 24 Erskine Road Caringbah 9531 1556.       subdomain only

30           93 Crown St Darlinghurst 9211 8244.

31           12 Cottam Avenue Bankstown 9790 6088.

32           30 Chard Rd Brookvale 9907 4343.

33           46 Sydenham Road Marrickville 9516 1104.

34           La Petite Aroma 26 Railway St Chatswood 9419 5590.             lapetitearoma.com.au

35           Victoria Secrets 161 Victoria Avenue Chatswood 9412 2601.  victoriassecrets.com.au

36           Jingle Bells 14 Sleigh Place Wetherill Park 9757 1110.

37           142 George St Hornsby 8411 1078.                subdomain only

38           6 Cleg St Artarmon 9439 4211.

39           244 Oxford St Paddington 9360 1518            subdomain only

40           2/42 Buffalo Rd Gladesville 9807 8825.

41           104 Grandview St Pymble 9440 7186.

42           Hideaway 311 Princes Hwy Banksia 9597 7753.        subdomain only

43           SWL Girls 18 Hargrave St East Sydney 9380 5282.    qingyuan-babe.com

44           227 Broadway Glebe 9660 8883.    candy227.com.au

45           10 Marsh St Granville 9879 0999.

46           23 Parraweena Road Caringbah 9540 9611 subdomain only

47           The Golden Apple 169 Victoria St Kings Cross 9357 2555         thegoldenapple.com.au

48           32 Berry St Granville 9897 1186.

49           11a Norton St Leichardt 9569 0955.               newstarrelaxation.com.au

50           Gateway Club 474 Parramatta Road Petersham 9560 8066.    gatewayclub.com.au

51           28 Vincent St Marrickville 9557 7223.           subdomain only

52           Diamonds 81 Willoughby Rd Crows Nest 9439 7262. 81diamonds.com

53           185b Victoria Rd Drummoyne 9181 2135.

54           9a Astley Centre St Marys 9673 5306.           a1west.com.au

55           Pennys 77a (upstairs) Enmore Road Enmore 9557 7565.          pennys77.com.au

56           Club 121 Pyrmont St Pyrmont 9660 1849.    club121.com.au

57           Playhouse 280 Pacific Hwy Hornsby 9482 1099.        subdomain only

58           295a Liverpool Road Ashfield 9716 9888.

59           65 Planthurst Road Carlton 9546 6088.

60           Cherryblossoms 5 Alan St Fairfield 9723 0957.

61           1/112 Ballandella Rd Pendle Hill 9636 3372.

62           8 Carnegie Place Blacktown 9621 8868.

63           18 Chard Rd Brookvale 9905 3315.

64           647 Elizabeth St Waterloo 9310 1837.

65           Romeo’s Massage 108 New Canterbury Rd Petersham 9569 5500.         rjsyd.com

66           Juliet Massage 10 Elizabeth St Burwood 9517 2800.  rjsyd.com

67           Casablanca 239 Northumberland St Liverpool 9822 4830.       casablanca239.com

68           24 Erskine Rd Caringbah 9531 1556.             subdomain only

69           L1 (rear) 87 Henry St Penrith 02 4732 4653.

70           22a Hunter St Parramatta 9689 3389.

71           1/181 McCredie Road Guildford West 8073 7319.      website

72           Midas Massage 83 Marrickville Rd 9557 6999.           midasmarrickville.com

73           27 Clarendon St Artarmon 9438 2288.          centrefoldsnorthshore.com

74           9/34 East St Five Dock 9713 9378. kellysasianflowers.com.au

75           9 Exceller Ave Bankstown 9708 4311.

76           Black Cat 479 Elizabeth St Surry Hills 9699 1366.      blackcatparlour.com

77           12 Norfolk Road Greenacre 9742 5998.        kellysgreenacre.com.au

78           184b Belmore Road Riverwood 9584 0146.

79           140 Bellevue Pde Carlton 9547 0999.

80           Beauty Town 2/40 Forge St Blacktown 9831 1838.    subdomain only

81           7 Cowper St Granville 9582 3888.

82           12 Bellevue St Surry Hills 9281 8480.

83           1/102 Moore St Liverpool 9822 5400.

84           16/7 Birmingham Avenue Villawood 9728 1288.        subdomain only

85           533 Willoughby Rd Willoughby 9967 9991.  533willoughby.com.au

86           1/14 Lancaster St Ingleburn 9829 3235.

87           64 Alexander Avenue Taren Point 9524 1278.             64alexander.com

88           327a Belmore Rd Riverwood 9584 2751.      subdomain only

89           14a Roger St Brookvale 9939 555. desiresbrookvale.com.au

90           36 Buckingham Street Surry Hills 93104555.

91           7 Cowper St Granville 9637 6628.

92           The Wild Orchid 429a Pitt Street Sydney 9212 7010.  asianwildorchid.com

93           1 Nirvana St Pendle Hill 9636 9888.

94           693a Botany Road Rosebury 9690 0988.

95           666 Elizabeth St Waterloo 9690 1926.

96           Artarmon Paradise 90 Hotham Parade Artarmon 9439 8586.

97           Sirs 80 Erskine St Sydney 9299 7771.             sirs.com.au

98           Angel Town 638 King St Newtown 9565 1236.

99           Five Star 110 Cathedral St Woolloomooloo 9368 7788.

100         Allure 35 Parramatta Road Annandale 9519 3555.

101         Thai City 43 Albion St Surry Hills 9281 1098.

102         91 Park Road Homebush 9763 2838.

103         2 Robert St Rozelle 9818 6915.        subdomain only

104         Salon Kitty’s 140 Bellevue Pde Carlton 9547 0999      salonkittys.com

105         7 Cowper St Granville 9637 6628.

106         Cocos Milsons Point 9929 6997.      cocossydney.com.au

107         1/112 Ballandella Rd Pendle Hill 9636 3372.               subdomain only

108         9 Exceller Avenue Bankstown 9708 4311.    subdomain only

109         219 Elizabeth St Croydon 9799 5856.            219croydon.com

110         99 Parramatta Road Annandale 9557 3437.

111         140 Bellevue Parade Carlton 9547 0999.      playboyz.com.au

112         Moonlight Studios 87 Rawson St Auburn 1300 729 911.

113         Relaxation Centre 203 Parramatta Road Five Dock 9747 0696.             subdomain only

114         53 Beresford Avenue Greenacre 9709 6572. subdomain only

115         19a Brodie St Rydalmere 9684 5880.             royal-asian.com

116         485 Princes Hwy Rockdale 9599 8891.

117         5 Gerald St Marrickville 9519 9009.

118         67a Christine Rd Villawood 9755 3663.         subdomain only

119         26 George St Granville 9897 0183.

120         23 Parraweena Rd Taren Point 9542 8688

121         Xclusive (rear 104) Ebley Street Bondi Junction 93877450.      babes206.com

 

 

References

http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/austral.htm

http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/previous%20series/lcj/1-20/working/chapter%204%20the%20working%20lives%20of%20prostitutes.html

http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/australia

http://catwap.wordpress.com/programs/research-documentation-publications/facts-and-statistics/

http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=4487

http://www.prostitutionresearch.com/MFarley%20CV.pdf

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