We believe people need to be educated about human trafficking for the following reasons:
- Human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices of the 21st century. It is important that New Zealand is engaged with this issue on both a national and international scale.
- School leavers are particularly susceptible to human trafficking. They can be promised work or opportunities overseas that sound too good to be true and end up in exploitive situations that violate their human rights.
- Education and awareness of human trafficking helps to prevent human trafficking taking place — the first step to freedom is realising you are enslaved.
Many people do not know what human trafficking is! The US Department of State reported in 2011 that New Zealand is both a source and destination country for human trafficking. They recommend that more education and awareness on human trafficking should take place.
We keep you updated on human trafficking in New Zealand in the following ways:
- Our education resource for high schools. We have identified school leavers as an at-risk group for being trafficked. Our high school resource complies with the New Zealand national curriculum and can be taught within social sciences for years 9 and 10.
- Our resource list that provides books, dvds and other ways material for people desiring to learn more about human trafficking.