Problem in NZ

1. There is very little information about the problem of human trafficking in New Zealand


2. New Zealand Government fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking - and is in tier 1 of the US Department of State's Trafficking in Perons 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


5. New Zealand is a destination country for foreign women and men subjected to forced labour


6. The men are usually from countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia - and are usually forced to engagd in activities aboard fishing vessels with NZ waters


7. Women who are trafficked to New Zealand usually come from China and countries within South East Asia - they tend to be recruited by people in their home counrties as 'labour agents' for the purpose of prostitution


8. Victims trafficked from overseas usually arrive in New Zealand to have their passports confiscated, experience physical and mental abuse, and are forced to work extremely long hours with very little or no pay


9. 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


10. Some Asian or Pacific Islander individuals migrate to New Zealand to work within the agricultural industry. However in some cases once they arrive here they find they have to work in far worse conditions than promised or for far less pay. 


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