Human Trafficking in NZ

January 10th, 2013 at 10:12 am by David Farrar

Did you know NZ is not immune to human trafficking? A new website provides information on the problem, both globally and locally. It is called the modern day slave trade, and should be ended. Some stats you may not know:

1. There are currently more slaves than at any other time in history – with some estimates of the number being as high as twenty-seven-million.

2. Sex trafficking is one of the three largest industries, coming after the arms and drugs industries. It is estimated to be worth around $32 billion.

3. Many slaves are between the ages of 12 and 14.

4. In many cases, children are sold by their own parents due to extreme poverty. Many parents feel that they have no choice but to sell one of their children in order to provide for the rest of the family. 

5. In some countries, such as India, children are sold in to the sex trade as part of a religious tradition. These children are sold to temples as ‘gifts’ at ages as young as eight years old. These girls are then used by priests for their sexual pleasure, and then later on sold again to brothels.

6. 68% of female sex trafficking victims meet the clinical critera for post-traumatic stress disorder – many of these victims are not rescued, and therefore do not receive the treatment they need.

7. One of the biggest causes of sex trafficking is poverty. This is because in severe cases people begin to feel desperate and are willing to take more dangerous risks in search of a better life.

8. Only 1 – 2% of victims are ever rescued according to www.thea21campaign.org

9. In many countries police officers are extremely corrupt and therefore contributed towards the problem of sex trafficking. Countries such as India and Cambodia have seen police officers and government officials contribute towards the growth of the industry as they are frequent customers of such brothels and make very little effort to enforce any anti-trafficking laws. 

10. Around half of the trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18. And the average age of a trafficking victim is just 12 years old.

11. Children who have been trafficked are far more likely to develop mental health problems, as well as engage in substance abuse and engage in prostitution once they are adults.

12. Many trafficking victims are scared to seek help because they fear that the traffickers will hurt their families, or that they will be deported and treated as criminals.

 Alas, while the world has improved in so many ways in the last 100 years, there is still a huge amount more to be done.

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47 Responses to “Human Trafficking in NZ”

  1. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    The tenor of this item is that prostitution is a bad thing.

    But Labour homo activists insisted it’s just another occupation and our parliament agreed.

    And it’s not just the cops who are corrupt,corrupt politicians play a huge role in this too. It’s just not fashionable to say that.

    [DPF: There is a huge difference between consensual prostitution and slavery or forced prostitution]

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  2. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    But Labour homo activists insisted it’s just another occupation and our parliament agreed.

    Can you really see no difference between grown adults opting for the sex industry, and 12yo girls being sold into slavery?

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  3. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    I’m very proud to be a descendant of one of the Clapham Sect members. My great great great grandfather was actively involved in the abolition of slavery in the UK alongside William Wilberforce. He also helped found Freetown in Sierre Leone.

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  4. Redbaiter (7,521 comments) says:

    Slavery was the biggest mistake the US ever made.

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  5. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    A great many of these observation are not statistics.

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  6. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Did you know NZ is not immune to human trafficking? A new website provides information on the problem, both globally and locally.

    Don’t see much local information. Whilst I don’t think many ever thought NZ was immune to trafficking, in my view most trafficking is probably domestic and I doubt it is particularly widespread. I know INZ investigates migrants working at brothels but I don’t believe the vast majority of those cases would constitute trafficking as such.

    Good to be concerned about a global problem but I don’t think New Zealand needs to call Liam Neeson to the rescue just yet.

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  7. gump (1,471 comments) says:

    @kowtow

    There’s quite a difference between prostitution and forced prostitution. It makes you look stupid to conflate the two activities.

    To paraphrase George Carlin – if fucking is legal, and paying is legal, then why the hell is paying for fucking illegal?

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  8. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    The old grown adults opt for sex “industry” one is it.

    I suspect the vast majority of those “optees” ,adult as they might be don’t do it because of their high sense of personal worth and esteem. And how many had / have underlying mental /drug/ abuse issues that go back to childhood or went on the game as minors?

    It’s not so cut and dried. How many parents would be proud of their children’s option? Didn’t think so.

    In Germany where prostitution is legal ,all occupations( about10 years ago) were being forced by law to engage apprentices. Oh great ,apprentice “underage ” hookers!!!

    Oooops ,scrap that.Not a good idea > Well why the fuck not?Goose /gander.

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  9. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    He also helped found Freetown in Sierre Leone.

    It is one of the biggest shit-holes on the planet. The next biggest (shit-holes) would be the other states set up by meddling do-gooders, for slaves. You want to know how the Africans really feel about human rights and liberty? then do some reading about Sierre Leone.

    There is not a slave trade in NZ. They are changing the definition to try and push a wider socialist agenda, by creating “victim” groups.

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  10. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (1,794) Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Slavery was the biggest mistake the US ever made.

    Sure, but given that it was fairly ubiquitous at the time I think the US is defined more by its struggle to overcome it.

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  11. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    You could be an apprentice hooker without being an underage apprentice hooker.

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  12. KiwiGreg (3,169 comments) says:

    Well if its a website and on the internet I’m sure all its claims are true. New Zealand must be a terrible place.

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  13. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Around half of the trafficking victims in the world are under the age of 18. And the average age of a trafficking victim is just 12 years old.

    Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn.

    Our “age of consent” is not some sort of gold standard. The fact that rich Western countries have a higher age, is neither here nor there. It shows the level of arrogance these busy bodies have, to assume other people, in very different circumstances & cultures, should try and parrot white middle class Europeans. Go live in India, Africa or rural South East Asia, and see how life really is.

    Do you really think they “want to” sell there own kids ? Sanctimonious arrogant bullshit.

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  14. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    kowtow (3,527) Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    The old grown adults opt for sex “industry” one is it.

    I suspect the vast majority of those “optees” ,adult as they might be don’t do it because of their high sense of personal worth and esteem. And how many had / have underlying mental /drug/ abuse issues that go back to childhood or went on the game as minors?

    It’s not so cut and dried. How many parents would be proud of their children’s option? Didn’t think so.

    Some valid points, but there is still a difference between someone with personal issues and someone who is actively forced against their will. Also you should be aware that not all people working in the sex industry do so out of mental health problems. Indeed there are many women in the United States who finance their study through highly paid prostitution. For some it can be a rational choice.

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  15. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    What is behind this is NOT concern for human rights. It is part of a wider push to claim special powers and rights for women. It is part of feminist, socialist activism.

    [DPF: Good God - unless you call not being made a slave and raped a special power, I don't know what you are on about.

    And as it happens the student behind this, is a Young National, so hardly a socialist (except to libertarians)]

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  16. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Kea,

    It is part of a wider push to claim special powers and rights for women.

    Specifically, what special powers and rights are being sought?

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  17. thedavincimode (6,514 comments) says:

    I’ve just met a grandfather who would like to sell his grandchildren. Any takers?

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  18. Alan Wilkinson (1,812 comments) says:

    The NZ angle is just a rehash of the US State Department report which ranked NZ as a Tier One country and found precious little else to criticise. In addition NZ just ranked first in international individual freedoms. Despite the State Dept allegations I don’t recall any instance in which NZ law has been unable to prosecute exploitation of foreign workers or immigrants once discovered.

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  19. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    DPF, I am not suggesting that there are not valid human rights concerns around all this. Clearly there is and I find it appalling, the same as the rest of us (here living comfortably in NZ.)

    However, it is unhelpful to superimpose our values on other societies in this superficial way. You may feel very differently if you are faced with selling off one kid so your other kids have a chance to survive. The way these things are presented, it looks like they are selling kids for profit. They are often doing it for survival, out of desperation and lack of choices.

    The underlying social/economic realities need to be addressed first. Then the problem will reduce.

    I am dubious about how the focus is on “sex”. It looks like another attempt to promote the feminist narrative of women as “victims”. Life is not easy for anybody in some countries, regardless of gender. How about we raise the standard for all people, not just those of a certain race, gender or other sub-group?

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  20. dime (9,351 comments) says:

    some people are just animals.

    not only the pieces of filth that buy/sell/whatever but who the hell wants to see an underage hooker.

    bullets to the head all round.

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  21. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    some people are just animals.

    True. But some people are just desperate and have only hard choices in order to survive. You & I have better choices and should not be too quick to judge those who do not.

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  22. ChardonnayGuy (1,130 comments) says:

    I concur. And repealing the Prostitution Law Reform Act or enacting that godawful Manukau Antisoliciting Bill will assist any underage sex workers how, exactly? It’s the bully pulpit influence on the Manukau and Auckland City Council that is to blame for the latter, which will drive street sex workers underground, given that the Manukau City Council was responsible for creating the problem in the first place with its stupid ban on use of council rental accomodation for escort work, locked post-midnight public lavatories, and romanticisation of vigilante NIMBY citizens groups who are just as likely to engage in standover tactics as they allege that street sex workers are. Not to mention the transsexual-bashing Auck City Council report on street sex work that repeatedly refers to transsexual street sex workers as transvestites.

    I’m perfectly in favour of adult street sex work, although in the case of pre-op adolescent transsexual women, they are rendered homeless by the council’s policies and have nowhere else to go. Which is why there needs to be expansion of the Human Rights Act to include transsexuality/gender identity.

    Len Brown’s not my favourite person, as you might have guessed.

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  23. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Kea> The way these things are presented, it looks like they are selling kids for profit.

    No, it doesn’t.

    >They are often doing it for survival, out of desperation and lack of choices.

    Which is exactly what it says above:
    4. In many cases, children are sold by their own parents due to extreme poverty. Many parents feel that they have no choice but to sell one of their children in order to provide for the rest of the family. 

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  24. dime (9,351 comments) says:

    “although in the case of pre-op adolescent transsexual women”

    women?? generally youre not a woman when you have a big set of cock and balls.

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  25. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    Also I would hope there aren’t ANY adolescents in the sex trade here, trans, pre-op, or otherwise…

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  26. Stephmai115 (3 comments) says:

    Kea,

    I can assure you that I am neither a feminist nor a socialist. I’m quite disgusting that just because I am passionate about human rights issues that I am immediately a ‘socialist’. Also, if you look on the website you will see that there is also just as much information about the problems that men face by the trafficking industry. I’m not saying that New Zealand has a severe trafficking problem, but what I am trying to do is raise awareness about the existence of trafficking in order to prevent it.

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  27. Stephmai115 (3 comments) says:

    *disgusted

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  28. Chris2 (754 comments) says:

    I previously worked in the Immigration Service.

    All so-called human trafficking involved foreigners from third-world countries willingly coming to NZ looking for to make money that they could not earn in their own country.

    The woman may have been told they were coming to work in orchards, etc, but instead wound up having their passports taken and being forced into some other work like prostitution.

    Without exception this trafficking was organised and committed by other immigrants, in other words – these people were exploited by their own kind.

    I know of not a single instance of human trafficking being committed by a New Zealand-born citizen who grew up in New Zealand.

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  29. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    Home owners who dn’t want hookers,pimps , their customers and detretus around the neighbourhood have human rights too.

    But to the likes of chardongayguy and his fellow travellers human rights don’t apply to the respectable middle classes who are of course the enemy.

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  30. Stephmai115 (3 comments) says:

    Chris2 could you email me? I’m very interested n hearing more about this!

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  31. KiwiGreg (3,169 comments) says:

    “Len Brown’s not my favourite person, as you might have guessed.”

    I would think so much less of you were this not the case. Sadly I dont know who will credibly run the “anyone but Len” campaign.

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  32. scrubone (3,044 comments) says:

    It’s the bully pulpit influence on the Manukau and Auckland City Council that is to blame for the latter, which will drive street sex workers underground, given that the Manukau City Council was responsible for creating the problem in the first place with its stupid ban on use of council rental accomodation for escort work, locked post-midnight public lavatories, and romanticisation of vigilante NIMBY citizens groups who are just as likely to engage in standover tactics as they allege that street sex workers are. Not to mention the transsexual-bashing Auck City Council report on street sex work that repeatedly refers to transsexual street sex workers as transvestites.

    You disgust me. You’re opining on someing you have clearly never taken the slightest interest in, rather have just read a few opposing views. The reason that bill exists is because there is a problem, and it’s a serious one which is affecting people’s lives.

    But then, it’s not you who’s being craped on so it’s ok.

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  33. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    kowtow (3,530) Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Home owners who dn’t want hookers,pimps , their customers and detretus around the neighbourhood have human rights too.

    Since when was it a “human right” for one individual, or a group of such individuals, to dictate to everyone else who is and isn’t allowed in the neighbourhood? Compromise is a necessary part of living in a community and no one should have carte blanche authority to impose their sense of respectability on others.

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  34. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    wehana

    that’s bollocks.

    If it were a bunch of blacks or Pacific or whatever ,the lefties would be proclaiming grass or flax roots activism and community spirit etc

    When it;s white or middle class ,they, as you say, are imposing /authoritarian etc

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  35. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Weihana Jan 2013 – “…and no one should have carte blanche authority to impose their sense of respectability on others”

    Weihana Mar 2012 – “Therefore if the educated among us are able to determine objectively that certain [redacted] are not positive and not healthy then that to me constitutes a rights based argument. The idea being that the [mast majority]% (in reality probably lower) is ignorant and should be corrected by the force of superior knowledge. We should not hold their view valid merely by force of numbers”

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  36. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    chris2

    You clearly didn’t the the memo about immigration and the diversity dividend and how we should all be celebrating it’s undoubted benefits.

    To point to any negative aspects marks you as a racist!!!!!!

    Even the National Party prime minister has said New Zealand is a multicultural society ,so let’s celebrate what these immigrants bring to this boring,white, Anglo Saxon country.

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  37. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    krazykiwi,

    Poor analogy. However, both statements are consistent. A majority should not automatically be able to impose their sense of respectability and community standards on others and neither should their view on the rights of children be held as necessarily correct… in my opinion.

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  38. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    kowtow (3,532) Says:
    January 10th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    wehana

    that’s bollocks.

    If it were a bunch of blacks or Pacific or whatever ,the lefties would be proclaiming grass or flax roots activism and community spirit etc

    When it;s white or middle class ,they, as you say, are imposing /authoritarian etc

    Is it exclusively whites? In any case, the point is simply that there should be compromise between competing interests. Public spaces are shared and so people have to find ways to coexist.

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  39. Harriet (4,495 comments) says:

    It’s a non-issue as there is no planned protest outside the Indian Embassy!

    But if it were the Jews who were trading in kids then Minto, Bradford and other Jew haters…….

    This is nothing more than a demand for MORE money to be wasted in 3rd world governments by the UN etc.

    Leftish morality in NZ is a fucken joke! :cool:

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  40. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    No ,Labour claimed that street hookers and all the problems they bring to neighbourhoods would be sorted by that English homo activist’s Bill.

    Well surprise surprise another load of bollocks from “progressives” that left decent law abiding folk pissed off .

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  41. Harriet (4,495 comments) says:

    Kowtow@

    That’s correct….I gave a summary a while back about how massage parlors used to be governed by the police register, which protected hookers, madams etc from gangs, drugs and other ‘elements’….David Garrat acknowledged that it was correct, true, and more importantly….worked.

    It kept crimminal whores out in the open on the sidewalk…….right infront of police constables and detectives!

    It also kept the madams on the straight and narrow…..the police could then ‘shake the trees’ with the threat of prosecution if the register wasn’t filled out correctly, or drugs etc were found on the premises……this helped protect the working girls in the employ of madams.

    Media rules with regards to adverts placed in the newspapers also played a part in keeping the massage industry more ‘honest’.

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  42. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    kea –

    [Freetown, Sierra Leone] is one of the biggest shit-holes on the planet.

    You might be right – I haven’t been there to see for my self. But it was a better place in the late 1700′s, and called Freetown for a good reason.

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  43. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Slavery has long been a muslim specialty. The arabic word for slave is the same as the word for black.

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  44. SPC (5,334 comments) says:

    There is a lot in India – but not just into commercial sex work.

    A story of aborting females and killing infant females across India. And how this results in a shortage of woman and seeing young girls/women as valuable scarce commodities. Females being kidnapped and trafficked acrss India for money and then being held in houses and raped by their captors.

    The Delhi rape story just the tip of a very ugly story.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20938125

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  45. kowtow (7,579 comments) says:

    Talking of slaves etc

    I see the media are hyping the latest Abe Lincoln ,such a great guy movie . I’ll bet there’s no mention of the fact he wanted to get them all out of his United States of America…..off to Africa or Central America.

    No, history and nation states has to have it’s heroes and inconvenient facts can;t be let to get in the way.

    I wish I were in Dixie.

    http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v13/v13n5p-4_Morgan.html

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  46. RRM (9,414 comments) says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_9blTxwFeA

    Well – I got stash on stash and it ain’t nouveau cash.
    Money’s in my family for generations.
    My great-, great-, great-grandfather made the bag,
    Selling European slaves in Africa.

    I got cash motherfucker,
    And you can’t tell whether or not I’m joking, can you?
    Dumb fuck.

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  47. emmylou (1 comment) says:

    Could the lack of information pertaining to New Zealand be a lack of acknowledgement of a problem?
    It seems to me that it is easier to ignore a problem, or blame it on ethnic minorities, than to accept that there is a problem in ones on backyard?

    I think the point being made by the website, is that there is a distinct lack of awareness of the existence of Human Trafficking in New Zealand, predominantly because it is not as significant a problem as other countries throughout the world.

    It was only a couple of months ago that the papers discussed the abuse of fisherman on vessels in New Zealand waters, for which I believe the owners were prosecuted for breaking fishing laws, but walked from any human trafficking charges because they were New Zealanders?
    Correct me if I’m wrong.

    It’s too easy these days for people to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the suffering of others. You joke that we don’t need Liam Neeson here, but can I ask each and every one of you to ask yourself, what you would do if someone close to you became an inadvertent victim of trafficking – even if not in New Zealand – but if travelling internationally? (Admittedly I think most of the rubbish published in newspapers today deserves nothing better than to serve as tomorrows chip paper – but documentaries have also covered this story).

    If people are talking about it, then at least some acknowledgement is being made that the problem exists – so good on whomever this website is – for attempting to raise the profile of an industry that in today’s age is a disgrace to humanity.

    Oh, and P.S. since when the hell did humanitarianism become a socialist right? And since when did understanding Human Trafficking become a feminist pursuit? Sorry, but that displays a significant level of ignorance on the part of the person commenting.

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