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I AM BEING FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH STRANGERS

If you are experiencing an emergecy situation or have been attacked by a client or your boyfriend or manager, call 000 immediately. If you have information about a victim of human trafficking, call the Australian Federal Police on 131 AFP (131 237). 

We’re here to help YOU - whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you are being forced to work .

We can help by:

  • Speaking to you via phone, email, or in-person (if located in Victoria).
  • Listening to your story
  • Assessing your needs
  • Provide emotional support in the form of mentoring/coaching
  • Work a plan for what you want to achieve
  • Maintain regular phone and/or email contact
  • Refer you to specialist organisations, including legal advice, housing, financial management, work readiness programs, social groups, and English-language classes

We base our work on the experience of our founder and sex trade survivor, Geneviève Gilbert. Our work is influenced by the principle of sacrifical love, radial feminist theory, and academic research into the effects of the commodification of human bodies. At Pink Cross Australia, we believe that every human has tremendous value inside and outside.

✚ HELP ME

Contact us:

Phone: (03) 9686 8521 and ask for Pink Cross

Email: info @ pinkcross.org.au. You can download and complete this form and attach it to your email. 

Facebook: @pinkcrossoz

Twitter: @pinkcrossoz

Due to staff and funding limitations we may not be able to reply to your inquiry immediately. We endavour to reply to all communication within 2-10 business days. 

✚ Forced Marriages and Trafficking Articles  

The 'Spoon-in-your-knickers' Campaign

 

Imagine you are 16, currently attending high school, and dreaming of future study plans. You spend your weekends hanging with family and gossiping with friends about your latest crush. Now imagine having all of this ripped away from you. Imagine being separated from your family, being deprived of your education, and being taken away from the only life you’ve ever known. This is the reality of thousands of girls who are forced into marriage every year. 

This practice does not just occur in developing nations, but happens in our own backyard. In 2015-2016 financial year alone the AFP investigated 69 cases of child marriage here in Australia. And this is only the cases that were reported. In Britain it is estimated that between 1500 and 5000 forced marriages occur every year. In an attempt to curb this horrific practice, a UK-based not-for profit named ‘Karma Nirvana' have taken the innovative approach of helping at-risk girls to notify authorities and escape from their exploiter. Karma Nirvana's advice is simple and accessible: all the girls need is a spoon. 

They advise girls who are being forced into marriages or who are facing trafficking situations to place a metal spoon in their underwear. When the women goes through airport security and the metal is detected the girl will be escorted to a private area for the source of the metal to be investigated. This provides them an opportunity to be disclose what is happening and potentially prevent their own trafficking.

Human trafficking violates human dignity and we need to do all we can to prevent it. We applaud Karma Nirvana for their innovative approach, and hope to see a world where spoons no longer need to be placed in underwear because the control of girls and women in forced marriages and human sexual trafficking no longer exists. 

Above: Adapted from The Guardians  "Women who fear being forced to marry abroad told to hide spoon in underwear"

Above: Photo Credit ©: Shatabai Roy from Unsplash

First Published: October 2018 Enewsletter