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Wynyard and SISHA join global war against human trafficking

Wynyard joins SISHA in the global war against human trafficking and child exploitation

Intelligence-led technology supports SISHA’s fight against crime, corruption and threat

Auckland, 27 June 2012 –Wynyard Group, the specialists in intelligence-led solutions that protect companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption and partner SISHA have joined forces to tackle the growing global issue of human trafficking and child exploitation.

SISHA (South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities) is the not-for-profit organisation that fights against the exploitation and oppression of men, women and children in South East Asia. It is supported by a group of internationally diverse and influential businesspeople and human rights experts including mining magnate, Gina Hope Rinehart, who are committed to contributing their personal expertise and energy to help eliminate human trafficking.

The South East Asia region is considered a ‘hotspot’ for organised crimes like human trafficking, bonded labour, physical and sexual assault and other forms of exploitation and oppression. SISHA has a proven track record of working in collaboration with international law enforcement officials to identify and prosecute offenders of these crimes.

Former Victorian Police Detective Senior Constable, SISHA Founder and executive director, Steve Morrish says that Wynyard’s technology will play a major role in helping it investigate and gather more accurate, detailed information that helps the police in official investigations.

“We are delighted to have the support and expertise of Wynyard which provides us with the sophisticated solutions to arm our people with powerful tools to detect, prevent and fight crimes against the vulnerable.

“We are confident that it will result in better protection of people, prosecution of more offenders and justice for victims,” says Morrish.

CEO of Wynyard Group, Craig Richardson, says supporting the incredible work done by Morrish and SISHA is a natural fit for the organisation. As well as assisting financial institutions fight money laundering, Wynyard’s solutions currently help some of the world’s national and trans-national agencies investigate human trafficking and organised crime.

“Human trafficking and child exploitation are crimes that shame us all. Most people don’t connect the ill-gotten gains from criminal activity like money laundering to heinous crimes against children. We are in the business of helping stop illicit financial flows and are now supporting SISHA to stop the source.

“By enhancing SISHA’s ability to investigate incidents in an increasingly challenging global criminal environment, SISHA can be even more effective in tackling these offenders,” concluded Richardson.

With a mission to support organisations facing accelerating complexity and global challenges, Wynyard Group is exploring other opportunities where its technology can be used to support other global organisations that fight to protect children from exploitation.

About SISHA
SISHA fights against the exploitation and oppression of men, women and children in South East Asia. The work SISHA focuses on includes helping to prevent bonded labour, human trafficking and sexual assault crimes, particularly those against children. It helps those suffering from exploitation and oppression regardless of gender, nationality or religion.

SISHA's international police experience enables it to successfully train front line police who work with serious crimes. To date, SISHA has provided investigation training to over 450 frontline police offers working in the Criminal Investigation and Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Departments.

Sisha has worked on 270 cases, assisted over 600 victims including over 150 children and this year alone has aided more than 46 underage victims of sexual assault offences.

Support Shisha’s work- Spread the word- Join the Fight. Donations can be made to SISHA at www.sisha.org

About The Wynyard Group
The Wynyard Group specialise in intelligence-led risk management solutions for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption. Wynyard provides solutions in enterprise risk management, intelligence and investigations to over 2000 clients worldwide in government, financial services and critical infrastructure markets.

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