Why Project Karma?

Nearly 2 million children are used in the commercial sex trade, where they routinely face sexual and physical violence.[i] Comparatively the total number of children in New South Wales is 1.36 million.[ii]

The majority of these children live in East and South East Asia.

Why does it happen? The Exploitation of the world’s poorest children.

Close to half a billion people still live on $2 per day.[iii]

UNICEF reports in East and South-East Asia, more than 30 million children are unable to go to school, access basic health care, safe drinking water, a sanitary toilet or adequate nutrition.[iv] Comparatively Australia’s estimated population in 2012 was 22.7 million.[v]

Who exploits them? Organised Crime

The Global industry in underage sex trafficking is worth $36.6bn annually[vi].

Globalisation and unregulated economic growth have resulted in growing economic disparities. This, in conjunction with the continued expansion of the use of the Internet, increased migration, exponential growth of tourism, natural disasters, conflicts and violence, have all contributed to put more children at risk of sexual exploitation than was previously the case.[vii]

A recent report by a global network of groups against child sex slavery concludes is a “massive human rights violation that is currently going largely unnoticed around the world”[viii].


[i] The State of the World’s Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible, 2006, UNICEF, viewed 17 September 2015, <http://www.unicef.org/sowc06/press/release.php>.

[ii] 3235.0 – Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2011, Australian Bureau of Statistics, viewed 17 September 2015, < http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/3235.0~2011~Main+Features~New+South+Wales?OpenDocument#PARALINK4>.

[iii] The World Bank in The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in East and South-East Asia, 2014 ECPAT, viewed 16 September 2015, <http://www.ecpat.net/sites/default/files/Regional%20CSEC%20Overview_East%20and%20South-%20East%20Asia.pdf>.

[iv] Minujin in The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in East and South-East Asia, 2014 ECPAT, viewed 16 September 2015, <http://www.ecpat.net/sites/default/files/Regional%20CSEC%20Overview_East%20and%20South-%20East%20Asia.pdf>.

[v] 3235.0 – Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2012, Australian Bureau of Statistics, viewed 17 September 2015, < http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/3235.0~2012~Main+Features~Main+Features?OpenDocument#PARALINK4>.

[vi] Australians the worst child sex offenders in Thailand, 2009, News.com.au, viewed 17 September 2015, <http://www.news.com.au/world/australians-the-worst-child-sex-offenders-in-thailand/story-e6frfkyi-1225772485392>.

[vii] The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in East and South-East Asia,  2014, ECPAT, ECPAT, viewed 16 September 2015, <http://www.ecpat.net/sites/default/files/Regional%20CSEC%20Overview_East%20and%20South-%20East%20Asia.pdf>.

[viii] Australians the worst child sex offenders in Thailand, 2009, News.com.au, viewed 17 September 2015, <http://www.news.com.au/world/australians-the-worst-child-sex-offenders-in-thailand/story-e6frfkyi-1225772485392>.