Department of Labour (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) staff presented at the Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum in Wellington in September 2009. The forum was co-hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Salvation Army and the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference, and provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to discuss issues such as the causes of people trafficking and the capacity of governments to respond in the Pacific region.
Other speakers at the forum included representatives from government agencies and non-government organisations including immigration, human rights, customs and other businesses both onshore and offshore. The diversity of attendees led to a robust exchange of views and ideas to combat people trafficking crimes.
View the Department of Labour presentation.
New Zealand has maintained a Tier 1 status in the latest US TIP report published in July 2010. This means that New Zealand fully complies with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
Learn more about the TIP report, and view reports from previous years. [external website]
You can also view the:
The New Zealand Plan of Action to Prevent People Trafficking
In July 2009 the New Zealand Government released its Plan of Action to Prevent People Trafficking. The Plan of Action represents a proactive response to enhance the ability of authorities to prevent, detect and combat the threat of people trafficking crimes occurring in New Zealand. The Plan will also assist the Government to prepare in a coordinated and transparent manner for any cases that may arise.
For more information on the New Zealand Government’s anti-trafficking initiatives, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org