Human trafficking isn’t just a third-world problem.
It happens here too.
A University of Otago student has a website highlighting the issue.
She outlines the problem in New Zealand:
1. There is very little information about the problem of human sex trafficking in New Zealand
2. New Zealand Government fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking – and therefore is in tier 1 of the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report.
3. The Prostitution Law Review Committee estimated that approximately 200 young persons under the age of 18 were working as prostitutes in 2004
4. New Zealand is a source country for underage girls who are forced in to internal trafficking. New Zealand is also a destination country for foreign men and women who are subjected to forced labour. These men usually come from countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesian, and are forced to engage in activities such as aboard fishing vessels in NZ waters. They often have their passports confiscated from them and experience severe physical and mental abuse, as well as being forced to work extremely long hours with very little or no pay.
5. Women who are trafficked to New Zealand usually come from China and South East Asia, and tend to be recruited by people in their home countries as ‘labour agents’ for the purpose of prostitution.
6. There is a small percentage of girls and boys of Maori or Pacific Islander descent who are trafficked internally and forced to participate in street prostitution or be part of trafficking rings controlled by New Zealand gangs
7. Some Asian and Pacific Islander individuals migrate to New Zealand to work within the agricultural industry – But once they get here they find they have to work in far worse conditions and for much less pay than they were promised.