Addressing Emerging Human Trafficking Trends and Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic created new risks and challenges to victims of trafficking and survivors of trafficking, as well as having exacerbated the vulnerabilities of at-risk groups to trafficking. To analyze emerging trafficking in human beings trends and dynamics and to develop a response based on empirical data to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, ODIHR and UN Women conducted a global survey of (1) survivors of trafficking and (2) frontline stakeholders. Based on the survey findings and empirical data collected, a set of policy recommendations were developed.
18 Aug 2020

Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

ECPAT ChildAlert is pleased to have contributed to the Trafficking in Persons Report 2020. (The TIP report ranks governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat all forms of human trafficking). The 2020 report shows the Government of New Zealand currently meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
27 Jun 2020


ECPAT International conducted a detailed survey that targeted Pacific region welfare workers directly managing a range of cases with children.
Specifically, the survey aimed to gather data from frontline workers that indicated:
- The extent of sexual exploitation of children in the Pacific region;
- The level of awareness of sexual exploitation of children amongst service providers; and
- The impact of cultural and social norms on the sexual exploitation of children.
10 Jun 2019

UPR Submission by ECPAT Child Alert and ECPAT International

Sexual Exploitation of Children in New Zealand Submission 9 July 2018 for the Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation in New Zealand.
To the Human Rights Council 32th Session (January 2019) UPR third cycle 2017 – 2021.
9 Jul 2018

Surviving Shame by Dr Natalie Thorburn

This article reports the findings of a study involving semi-structured interviews with a sample of eight young people who started sex work between the ages of 12 and 16. The study found that participants’ experiences with formal services were overwhelmingly negative and emotionally harmful.
1 Mar 2016

Underage Sex Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand

This paper found out that numerous teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16 are being paid for sex by men who specifically look for underage sex workers. This study shines a spotlight on the abuse-saturated world of underage sex work, and indicates that despite frequent condemnation from self-identified ‘moral guardians’ in the community, New Zealand society is failing to protect its young people from sexual abuse by older predators.
1 Jun 2015

Ultimate Challenge by Ron O’Grady. Reprinted

This book, The Ultimate Challenge, is the story of one man’s extraordinary journey through life and reveals his inner strength and courage when faced with unexpected challenges.
1 Feb 2014

Survey on the public perception on the CSEC issue in NZ

This report revealed that New Zealanders are unaware of the extent of commercial sexual exploitation of children in New Zealand. Analysis of the data revealed that most respondents underestimated the number of children exploited through prostitution and sex abuse images (child pornography). Respondents’ suggested the need for education, more awareness through media, advertising, and campaigns, as well as harsher penalties for offenders, as ways of better protecting New Zealand children.
1 Jan 2014

UPR Submission By ECPAT Child ALERT

This publication was submitted to the 18th Session of the Human Rights Council – UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW. ECPAT Child ALERT commented on New Zealand’s record of respecting the rights of the child.
1 Jun 2013

Global Monitoring-Status of action against CSEC-New Zealand Report, 2nd Edition

This publication is the Country Report Monitoring the Status of Action against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New Zealand produced by ECPAT International in collaboration with ECPAT NZ Child Alert
1 Sep 2012

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Fact Sheet

This booklet was produced by ECPAT Child ALERT with the aims of educating the NZ public on the facts of CSEC and introducing our new way of combating online child sexual abuse images through the use of Child ALERT Hotline.
1 May 2011

Speaking for Ourselves

This book provides a platform for 13 young people who were sexually exploited in Auckland to talk of their experiences, their opinions, their hopes and dreams.  Produced by ECPAT Child ALERT, the stories highlight the incredible courage and resilience of the young people involved in this project. 
1 May 2010

Practitioner knowledge and responsiveness to victims of sex trafficking in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Victims of sex trafficking are known to be at risk for a wide range of adverse outcomes globally, but sex trafficking
is commonly believed not to happen in Aotearoa/New Zealand. New Zealand has a robust legislative framework
to safeguard people doing sex work; the work itself is decriminalised, and trafficking legislation disallows
exploitative behaviour. However, this trafficking legislation is under-utilised, and domestic sex trafficking has
attracted no prevention efforts from the government. While initiatives to assist identification and intervention
are common practice internationally, they do not exist in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Using online qualitative
surveys, I sought to examine frontline medical and social service practitioners’ perspectives of and experiences
with domestic sex trafficking. The results indicated varied experiences of contact with victims, and numerous
problematic interpretations of victims’ presentations and of the concept of trafficking. Specifically, definitions
of trafficking appeared ambiguous and outdated, and respondents commonly conflated ‘trafficking’ with other
phenomena such as sex work, sexual violence, or family violence. I conclude that trafficking and victimhood
discourses arguably texture people’s conceptualisations of what constitutes sex trafficking, illustrating the need
for a clear shared definition of sex trafficking as it manifests in a domestic context.
1 Dec 0017