30 Mar 2021

Trafficking claims after Chinese workers detained in Auckland

From Checkpoint, 5:20 pm on 30 March 2021

There are calls for an investigation into an alleged human trafficking ring in New Zealand following the arrest of a group of Chinese nationals working illegally at an Auckland building site.

Nine of the men are still in Mt Eden prison awaiting deportation following the bust last week.

Another has been separated from the group. Immigration NZ says none of the men had work visas and some had overstayed by more than three years.

The lawyer for the nine, Matt Robson, says the workers paid big money to an agent who arranged their travel and jobs.

He says they are victims of exploitation who should be protected and kept in the country to give evidence.