Update Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - Aotearoa New Zealand NOV 2021

This report has been put together by ECPAT Child Alert with input from members of the Social Workers CSEC Community of Practice.

This update focuses specifically on Child Sexual Exploitation Material in Aotearoa This is defined as material that "promotes or supports, or tends to promote or support...the exploitation of minors, or young people, or both, for sexual reasons." In the digital environment, there are various manifestations of this, including imagery, video, live streaming, and online behaviour that can influence the creation of this content, such as grooming.

The purpose of this biannual report is to provide updates on the state of CSEC in New Zealand from a grassroots perspective.
30 Jul 2022
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Parents Resource -ECPAT Child Alert - case studies 2022

This resource is aimed at parents and caregivers who want to know how commercial sexual exploitation looks in New Zealand today and how to best minimise children's vulnerability.
Please contact us to request hard copies of the brochure.
31 Mar 2022
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Youth Resource -ECPAT Child Alert - case studies 2022

This resource is aimed at young people who want to know how commercial sexual exploitation looks in New Zealand today. This trifold brochure includes case studies from New Zealand based research.
Please contact us to request hard copies of the brochure.
30 Mar 2022
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ECPAT’s Submission for the Special Rapporteur’s thematic report on a practical approach to addressing the sale and sexual exploitation of children

This submission by ECPAT International is in response to the call for input issued by the Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children to inform the thematic report
on a practical approach to addressing the sale and sexual exploitation of children.
This submission incorporates contributions made by 18 members of the global ECPAT Network for the purpose of this call.
10 Nov 2021
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Update Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - Aotearoa New Zealand NOV 2021

This report has been put together by ECPAT Child Alert with input from members of the Social Workers CSEC Community of Practice.

ECPAT Child Alert (ECPAT NZ) acts to uphold the fundamental rights of children in Aotearoa New Zealand to be free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation. ECPAT Child Alert is part of ECPAT International, the world's leading network for addressing the sexual exploitation of children. Today, we are a growing movement of over 110 civil society organisations, in over 100 countries, all working towards the same goal.

The Community of Practice is made up of social workers in New Zealand who are interested in contributing to the provision of best practice services and helping to protect t? t?tou tamariki katoa from commercial sexual exploitation.

The purpose of this biannual report is to provide updates on the state of CSEC in New Zealand from a grassroots perspective.
1 Nov 2021
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Submission for the National Strategy by ECPAT's Community of Practice - Te Wh?riki Whakaaro o ng? Kaimahi Taiohi

ECPAT's Community of Practice - Te Wh?riki Whakaaro o ng? Kaimahi Taiohi is a forum for social workers from around Aotearoa New Zealand who have a particular interest in ending commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). We share learnings, train, and advocate to protect New Zealanders under 18 from this extreme form of sexual abuse.

This is the submission made by ECPAT's Community of Practice (Te Wh?riki) on the National Strategy and Action Plans to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence in Aotearoa New Zealand and was instrumental for the inclusion of CSEC in this strategy.
14 Jul 2021
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2021

ECPAT ChildAlert is pleased to have contributed to the Trafficking in Persons Report 2021. (The TIP report ranks governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat all forms of human trafficking). The 2021 report shows the Government of New Zealand does not meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.

"The Government of New Zealand does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. These efforts included initiating eight trafficking investigations, convicting seven offenders for sex trafficking crimes, funding programs to aid migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation as a result of economic hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic, working to develop new training modules for a variety of government officials, and releasing an updated anti-trafficking national action plan in March 2021. However, these efforts were not serious and sustained compared to the efforts during the previous reporting period, even considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the government convicted offenders in more cases of child sex trafficking than in previous years, it did not identify any victims in these cases as trafficking victims, as it did not use a system to specifically designate individuals as trafficking victims, and many officials and service providers lacked an understanding of all forms of trafficking; this weakened victim protection and may have undermined the ability of the government to recognize current trafficking trends in the country. Furthermore, the government has never reported identifying an adult victim of sex trafficking and did not initiate any prosecutions for labor trafficking for the second consecutive year. In addition, the failure to sentence the majority of traffickers to terms of imprisonment, with six child sex traffickers sentenced to terms ranging from six to 18 months’ home detention, significantly weakened deterrence, undercut efforts to hold traffickers accountable, and did not adequately address the nature of the crime. Therefore New Zealand was downgraded to Tier 2."
1 Jun 2021
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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
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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
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PERCEPTIONS OF FRONTLINE WELFARE WORKERS ON THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE PACIFIC

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
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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
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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
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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
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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