We want to thank our politicians for fighting to protect children.
With National Thank you Day around the corner on May 26th there is no better time! We will be encouraging our politicians in the amazing work they are doing in taking a number of steps forward, particularly recently, in eradicating slavery.
Great News! We are another step closer to ending slavery - for good!
Since we last spoke to you about Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017, two new pieces of legislation have been proposed! NSW has introduced the Modern Slavery Bill 2018, and the federal Government has committed to passing a Modern Slavery Act by the end of the year. This is amazing and worth being proud of our country and leaders.
So even if you have signed the card before, please sign again so that your signature can be included for all three pieces of legislation. We’re so grateful for your commitment to help end cybersex & human trafficking.
We’re asking for you to join us in saying a big thank you to show them how deeply this matters to us as Australians. A card with your name – and the names of thousands of other supporters – will be presented to relevant politicians.
8 May 2018: The federal budget funds an Anti-Slavery Business Engagement Unit and a new Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE). The Anti-Slavery Unit will help enforce new supply chain reporting requirements under the federal Modern Slavery Bill, to be introduced later in 2018. The ACCCE will act as an interface with Australian and international agencies working against forms of child exploitation, such as cybersex trafficking. The ACCCE hopes to identify and remove an additional 200 children from harm per year.
3 May 2018: NSW Modern Slavery Bill passes the Upper House, moves to the Lower House for debate. Several parties express support for elements of the Bill related to addressing cybersex trafficking.
20 March 2018: The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2017 has stalled before the Senate. Senator Stirling Griff gives speech to the Senate drawing attention to the need to pass amendments which will help shut down cybersex trafficking.
8 March 2018: NSW Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (NSW) introduced to NSW Legislative Council by the Hon Paul Green MLC.
14 February 2018: Minister Alex Hawke commits to enacting a federal Modern Slavery Act by the end of 2018.
December 2017: Following a Commonwealth Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, a report titled “Hidden in Plain Sight” is released by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade containing their findings and recommendations. These recommendations include an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and supply chain reporting.
We’re grateful for your support and encourage you to keep having conversations about how we can end cybersex trafficking. And you and your friends can still sign the card!
Tough new proposed laws, described as the “greatest crack down on paedophiles in a generation”, were introduced into Federal Parliament on Wednesday, 13 September 2017.
Cybersex trafficking is live-streamed child sexual abuse. Australians have used the anonymity of the internet to perpetrate these horrific crimes with impunity. These amendments will change that.
We are proud that Australia is taking the lead. Much love and labour has gone into the creation of this Bill, and we are grateful for the efforts of all those involved.
So we’re sending a thank you card to those who are leading this charge to show them this legislation matters deeply to Australians. This card will be presented to Parliament the day the Bill passes.
We’re inviting 10,000 friends to sign the card with us.
Will you join us?
P.S. By providing us with your email address, we will be able to keep you updated on the progress of the passage of the Bill, and notify you when the Bill is passed.
Cybersex trafficking involves the production and online publication of video or images of the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor for a paying third party who is not in the physical presence of the victim.SIGN THE THANK YOU CARD