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Marking UN Global Day Against Trafficking in Persons Thursday, 30 July 2020

Today, 30 July, is a significant day for those involved in the fight against human trafficking and slavery. It is the United Nations Global Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

INZ secures sentence in trafficking and slavery case

The timing is particularly relevant for Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and its ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute those that would abuse migrants and other vulnerable people. Just this week, INZ, along with New Zealand Police, secured a significant sentence in a trafficking and slavery case.

Hastings man Joseph Matamata was sentenced to 11 years in jail and ordered to pay NZD $183,000 in reparations to his victims. The case revealed long-term patterns of abuse against vulnerable migrants, all for Matamata’s personal gain.

Working together to prevent trafficking

INZ condemns this sort of behaviour and will investigate and prosecute those that engage in it.

However, everyone has a responsibility to fight those who would traffick and profit in human lives. INZ knows it is not alone in its efforts, and many other agencies, like the Anglican Church, are active in this space.

Towards an End to Human Trafficking | Anglican Church of Wellington website

INZ would encourage anyone aware of such activities to contact the MBIE Service Centre 0800 20 90 20. Alternatively, they can report an issue anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111