Rosie Ayliffe, whose daughter stabbed to death last year while travelling in Queensland, has expressed her concern after a female British backpacker was allegedly abducted, beaten and raped for two months in the same Australian state.
Ms Ayliffe said: "I imagine her family is traumatised by this. It's absolutely awful, it's so frightening what they must be going through.”
Seven months ago, Miss Ayliffe-Chung, from Wirksworth, Derbyshire, was stabbed to death by an alleged French national while staying at Shelley's Backpackers hostel in Home Hill.
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death while she was staying at a hostel in Queensland last year
It should be expected that the government absorb or at least minimise the risks
Tom Jackson, a 30-year-old British backpacker who had tried to defend Miss Ayliffe-Chung, later died from stab wounds in hospital.
In the latest horrific ordeal to hit the Sunshine State, a 22-year-old woman is said to have suffered repeated rape and abuse by a man, of the same age, as the pair embarked on a roadtrip through the outback before she was rescued by police on Sunday.
Now Ms Ayliffe is campaigning for the Australian government to do more to protect young travellers, particularly those completing the 88 days of agricultural work programme to extend their visa for a second year.
A British backpacker was rescued along this road on Sunday after suffering alleged abuse for months
She added: "Mia and Tom were involved in a work programme initiated by the Australian government and it should be expected that the government absorb or at least minimise the risks on that programme.
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"In the UK, this would involve safety checks and stringent laws related to any accommodation involved in running that program.
"As the Australian government is aware, the appropriate checks and balances are not in place in Australia."
Mia Ayliffe-Chung: 21-year-old British backpacker stabbed to death in Australia Thu, August 25, 2016
Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death at a hostel in North Queensland, Australia
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Police and backpackers outside the hostel in Home Hill, Queensland, Australia, where a female Brit backpacker was stabbed to death
In light of the recent attack, Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, has tried to reassure tourists the state is still a safe place to visit.
Ms Trad said: “It's absolutely horrific.
"Any sort of violence against women is absolutely intolerable and as part of a government where there is very strong representation by women around the cabinet table, we are focused on making our communities, our homes, as safe as possible for women and children."
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