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Report About Trafficking in NZ Misleading

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Media Report in Waikato Times About Trafficking in New Zealand Misleading

A media report in the Waikato Times today (Feb 27) headlined: Charity: Women, kids used as sex slaves, which was subsequently picked up by other media is incorrect.

The article states: “In four years of undercover police work, Walker rescued hundreds and helped prosecute dozens of traffickers and pimps.”

• The article implies this was in New Zealand. While Daniel Walker is a former New Zealand detective, the charity Nvader that he heads up has never worked in New Zealand as the reporter implies.
• The article also says: “Former Hamilton man Justin Boswell is helping Walker lead the fight against sex trafficking but they are mostly turning their attention to South East Asia where Nvader has helped train others.” Nvader only operates in South-East Asia and the Pacific
• Nvader is now in partnership with TEAR Fund. TEAR Fund also has anti-trafficking projects in Nepal.
• The article also states: “Women and children as young as five are probably being used as sex slaves in New Zealand, according to a charity founded by a former detective to fight human trafficking.”In this sentence Daniel Walker refers to his experiences rescuing young children in South East Asia, not New Zealand.

The article also states: Mr Walker said there were more people in slavery than ever before. He estimated 27 million, with two million in the sex trade.
• That should read: it is estimated that 27 million people are in slavery, whilst approximately two million of those are enslaved through sex trafficking.



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