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Dr. Caroline Norma argues that the policy gap on prostitution that has opened up between Australia and Korea since 2004 is a factor facilitating sex trafficking between the two countries.
Supported by the Centre for Applied Social Research, hear Dr. Caroline Norma (School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning) argue how Australian prostitution policy and legislation currently hampers South Korean efforts to tackle the problem of sex trafficking.
Korean women are trafficked in large numbers into Australia's sex industry. There is potential for friction to arise in the Australia-Korea relationship over the vastly different approaches to prostitution the respective governments currently maintain. The Korean government in 2004 took legislative steps to criminalise the activities of pimps, traffickers, and sex industry ‘customers’, but Australia has continued to furnish the sex industry and its customers with a relatively hospitable operating environment since 1992.
Dr. Caroline Norma