New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.
“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.
Modern slavery traps 35.8million people
This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.
New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.
The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.
“Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”
New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.
So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…