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Pacific Trafficking in Persons Conference Report

Report from the recent trafficking conference held in Wellington.

> download the Prevent People Trafficking Conference 2011 The Inconvenient Truths Report (PDF, 1.58KB)

‘Friends help each other – not just with convenient facts, but sometimes with inconvenient truths. And in the anti-trafficking world, that kind of friendship means honesty about the problems we see’  

The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit of the Salvation Army NZ, working in cooperation with Hagar Trust International, ECPAT Child ALERT NZ, and Stop the Traffik UK, hosted the second trafficking in person’s forum.

The forum’s aim was to unpack and challenge the inconvenient truths that underpin the growing crime of trafficking in persons.  Furthermore the forum would leave no room for doubt that neither the Pacific region nor New Zealand is free from the taint of the illegal commodification of people for profit.

The key note speaker was Ruth Dearnley, CEO of Stop the Traffik, UK.

The forum was attended by such organisations as non-government agencies, government departments, law enforcement, researchers, lawyers, human rights activists and grass roots community groups wishing to know more of the issues and become involved.  Countries who participated in the two day event included Fiji, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand along with representatives from the American Embassy.  

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The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit
PO Box 76249, Manukau 2241
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