Mia Ayliffe-Chung feared 'sexual exploitation', mother says

Rosie Ayliffe and a well wisher Image copyright Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Image caption Rosie Ayliffe (left) attended a memorial for her daughter in their home town of Wirksworth, Derbyshire

The mother of a woman stabbed in an Australian backpackers' hostel believes her daughter was "worried about sexual exploitation".

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 20, was killed in Home Hill, near Townsville, last month while working for a second visa.

Rosie Ayliffe, believes her daughter was aware of "dangers" and avoided one farm "because they only took young girls."

Visitors must complete three months of "specified work" to get another visa.

Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with Mia's murder and that of fellow backpacker Thomas Jackson.

Ms Ayliffe is now campaigning for regulation of Australian farm work.

'Young girls'

"They've (girls like Mia) gone into the farm work knowing the dangers," she told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

"She chose not to go to one farm because they only took young girls.

"She was [aware and] worried about sexual exploitation and that is another thing that is an issue."

Image caption Mia Ayliffe-Chung was just days into her trip working on a farm when she was killed

Types of 'specified' work

  • Picking fruits on an orchard
  • Feeding and herding cattle on a farm
  • Horse breeding and stud farming
  • Landscaping the grounds of a construction/house site
  • Painting the interior/exterior of new buildings
  • Conservation and environmental reforestation work
  • Zoo work involving plant or animal cultivation
  • Erecting fences on a construction site
  • Scaffolding

Source: Australian Government

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Image caption Mia Ayliffe-Chung was staying at Shelley's Backpackers in Home Hill, near Townsville, when she was stabbed to death

Stefan Wathan, chief executive of the Year Out Group, said the majority of farms would want to appeal to travellers.

"I don't think it is in the best interests of farmers to have bad practice on their farm.

"Having people getting injured earns them a bad reputation and the Australian economy relies on working holiday visas.

"My advice would be to live by your instincts, if something doesn't feel right, act."

Ms Ayliffe says the Australian authorities are aware of her campaign but have yet to contact her.

She also understands Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be "watching the media" for any developments in the case.

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