First Samoan victims of human trafficking cases in New Zealand immigration
3 Samoans were identified and known to be among the first ever to be involved in a human trafficking case in New Zealand.
Immigration’s visa services manager, Michael Carley says, “This is the first people trafficking case involving citizens of Samoa.”
He said that New Zealand is committed to elimination people trafficking.
However, at the same time Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is part of a whole-of-government approach that recognizes that prevention, detection and investigation, prosecution and compliance and victim support and protection are critical elements of a comprehensive approach to combatting all forms of trafficking persons.
“INZ has lead several prosecution cases, which sends a very strong message that cases of alleged people trafficking will be thoroughly investigated and legal action taken when there is sufficient evidence,” he says.
Michael also told Samoa observer that INZ has developed a specific Victims of Trafficking Immigration Policy to assist identified victims and allow them to remain in New Zealand lawfully, removing the fear of deportation.
There is also a significant amount of work going on to educate and empower migrant workers and their employers to understand and act on their rights and obligations.
Michael further on comments that INZ can provide no further information as this matter is before the courts.