Alternative research has indicated that up to 58 per cent of trafficking cases were for the purpose of sexual exploitation.The remaining 10 per cent or 2.2 million individuals are in state-imposed forms of forced labour.And the disturbing facts only speak for themselves.Figures show that on average one woman is killed by a partner or former partner every week in Australia.'I know so many people who have suffered domestic and family abuse and I see first-hand the terrible scars it leaves behind: both emotional and physical,' Melissa said.Two of the charity's most recent projects included converting an old property into a 10-bedroom crisis home in the Newcastle area and setting up a new house in the Hunter Valley Region.
The artwork for the now-iconic poster of A Clockwork Orange was created by Philip Castle with the layout by designer Bill Gold.
We all have a right to live freely: free from torture, cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.' The aim of Got Your Back Sista, Melissa explains, is to support, rehouse and mentor women and children who have been affected by domestic violence.
But the road to achieving the goal of zero domestic abuse in Australia is long and arduous.
A woman who was left traumatised and sickened by women and children sex trafficking overseas has started her own domestic violence charity in Australia.
Melissa Histon, a photographer and women's rights activist, returned from a work trip to Nepal feeling powerless after witnessing the 'extreme atrocities' taking place in the perverted world of human trafficking.Women account for 55-60 per cent of all trafficking victims detected globally; women and girls together account for 75 per cent of victims. Of the detected victims whose age profile was known and reported in the period 2007-2010, some 27 per cent were children.