While the primary focus of the Plan of Action to Prevent People Trafficking is on prevention, it also aims to protect the human rights of any identified victims of trafficking and to prosecute any offenders. The Plan of Action outlines a range of tasks for participating agencies to achieve over the short, medium and long term. The Plan of Action meets New Zealand's international obligations to prevent and combat people trafficking under the United Nations Convention against Trans-national Organized Crime.
The Goals of the Plan of Action are as follows:
- The New Zealand government contributes to people trafficking prevention through international engagement and development programmes;
- New Zealand's borders are secured from trafficking activities;
- Awareness is raised within government and targeted community groups on trafficking indicators and anti-trafficking procedures;
- Cases of suspected trafficking activity are identified and referred to the New Zealand Police for investigation.
- Victims of trafficking are afforded access to protection measures consistent with New Zealand's international commitments;
- Government agencies accommodate the needs of victims of trafficking, including timely access to health and social services;
- The New Zealand government provides assistance for victims by utilizing existing arrangements with non-government organizations;
- Government agencies assist victims of trafficking to return to their home country or remain in New Zealand as necessary.
- New Zealand undertakes high quality investigations into suspected trafficking activity to enable prosecution of alleged people traffickers.
The Plan of Action to Prevent Trafficking can be found here.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of New Zealand to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2009