New Zealand Takes a Stand Against Human Trafficking

Government Bans Foreign Flagged Fishing Vessels in NZ Waters

At the Prevent People Trafficking Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand, 11-12 April Dr Anne Gallagher praised the New Zealand Government’s effort to curb slavery at sea.  In 2012 the Government announced that foreign-flagged fishing vessels would no longer be able to legally operate in New Zealand waters after a four-year transition period.  Foreign vessels would then be required to meet New Zealand standards and requirements.

The Prevent People Trafficking Conference also addressed issues such as forced and underage marriage, migrant sex workers and ways to end the human trafficking practices.

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