Submissions by Project Respect:

Project Respect advocates to all levels of government to foster broad policy change to better support women in the sex industry, women trafficked, and women more broadly. Some of our submissions are below:

Modern Slavery Bill 2018

The 70th Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women Shadow Report: Australian Government Responses to Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation and Access to Justice and Remedies 2018

Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia 2017 

The Justice Project 2017

UN Women consultation on sex work, the sex trade and prostitution 2016 

Proposed Sex Work Regulations 2016 

‘Phenomenon colloquially referred to as ‘revenge porn’, which involves sharing private images and recordings of a person without their consent, with the intention to cause that person harm’ - Prepared by Katherine McCormack for Project Respect 2016

Submission to the Royal Commission on Family Violence 2015

Submission to the Criminal Code Amendment (Trafficking in Persons Offences) Bill - Project Respect 2004


Position Statements 

Project Respect releases position statements on topical issues. Below are our current position statements: 

Illegal Brothels 

Purchasing sexual services on the NDIS


Research by Project Respect:

A part of our aim at Project Respect is to continue research relevant to women in the sex industry, including on trafficking. To learn more about these topics follow these links: 

Global Collaboration Against Human Trafficking Report: Fourteen Essential Principles for Working with Human Trafficking Victims 

"The Harms of Indoor Prostitution for Women: A Research Review" - Dr Anastasia Powell & Dr Vicky Nagi 2012 (for Project Respect)

"An open message of thanks to the Justices of the High Court of Australia" - Project Respect 2008

"One victim is too many" - Project Respect 2004

"Paying for servitude" - Kathleen Maltzahn 2004

"Sex slaves and legal loopholes: Exploring the legal framework and federal responses to the trafficking of Thai 'contract girls' for sexual exploitation to Melbourne, Australia" - Marnie Ford on behalf of Project Respect 2001 


Not sure what the sex industry is? Or human trafficking for sexual exploitation? 

Follow this link to view our Quick Facts sheet on trafficking and the sex industry.  

Research and reports by other organisations: 

"Global Slavery Index 2016" - The Walk Free Foundation, 2016

"Change the Story - Framework to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children"  - Our Watch, ANROWS, VicHealth 2016

"Royal Commission into Family Violence Report - Summary and Recommendations"  - March 2016, you can find the full report here

"Inquiry into people trafficking for sex work" - Parliament of Victoria 2010 

"Men Who Buy Sex: Who They Buy and What They Know" - Eaves, London 2009

Watch and Listen: 

Listen to an interview on The World Today with Project Respect staff about mapping illegal brothels in local government areas in Melbourne 

The Age multimedia page on trafficking in persons - This is a useful resource for interviews with police, brothel operators, and trafficked women.

Listen to an interview with a young Thai woman who shares her experience of being trafficked to Australia.

Watch this 4 Corners investigation into sex slavery.

Watch "The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking" with Emma Thompson. Part 1 and Part 2

Trafficking in women: UNODC Public Service Announcement.