scoop.co.nz 17 Mar, 2021 21:15 am

Government Releases New Plan On Modern Slavery: A Good Start But More Concrete Action Needed

Government Releases New Plan On Modern Slavery: A Good Start But More Concrete Action Needed
The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is glad to see the government taking a stronger stand in addressing modern slavery. But the Coalition’s spokesperson, Selwyn Coles, insists “the Government’s new plan falls well short of what is ...

But the Coalition’s spokesperson, Selwyn Coles, insists “the Government’s new plan falls well short of what is needed to meet the realities of modern slavery, trafficking and exploitation within New Zealand shores, and New Zealand supply chains”.Yet Coles says this refresh of the government’s strategy, which was last updated in 2009, still underplays the extent of the issues in New Zealand, and the need for a more comprehensive response.“Research sponsored by the Coalition exposed extensive exploitation across numerous industries in New Zealand, particularly amongst migrant workers”.The Coalition acknowledges we do not know the exact extent of the issues in New Zealand.

The Coalition is concerned too about exploitation occurring with the supply chains of New Zealand companies, and even the Government’s supply chains as well.To put children squarely in the radar, the Coalition is currently undertaking research into the discrepancies between the definition of child trafficking in the relevant international conventions and its definition in New Zealand.

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