The economic crisis has hit Australia’s manufacturing sector hard and some workers have gone into hiding.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says it’s “shocked and appalled” by the reports of childwelfare abuses.
It is the latest in a series of disturbing cases involving children who have gone missing in Australia’s factories.
In July, a child disappeared from a factory in Melbourne.
The child was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of an old friend, the father of the child’s sister, on it.
At the time, the man who was allegedly responsible for the childwearing was on bail.
Last week, another child disappeared.
“We have seen two children go missing, both in the same family,” the union said.
Childwearing and child pornography can be extremely traumatic for young people.
An online petition calling for a halt to childwaring in Australia has attracted over 4,000 signatures.
Many workers who have been in touch with the union are deeply upset and have been asking for help.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Association spokesman Andrew Wright said the union was not commenting on the matter because of the ongoing investigation.