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Joint Investigation Leads To Arrest For Human Trafficking: Police

Joint Investigation Leads To Arrest For Human Trafficking: Police
August 19
14:22 2018

A joint investigation conducted between the Fiji Police Force and New Zealand Police has led to the arrest of a  31 year old woman of Nasole, Nasinu while the arrest warrant application  will be filed on court on Monday for her sister residing in Australia for their alleged involvement in a Human Trafficking case in New Zealand.


The two are alleged to have facilitated the travel of seventeen Fijian citizens who were exploited through slavery and became victims of Human Trafficking in Auckland New Zealand between April to August 2014.


The two had been operating a travel agent business from Nina Street, Suva and are alleged to have placed an advertisement in one of the dailies about employment opportunities in New Zealand.


These victims were allegedly advised to provide necessary documents for application of NZ visa and were promised work visa or tourist visa with work permit and had obtained money from victims just for visa application process.


These victims were allegedly  exploited in NZ as the suspects organised and facilitated the exit of these victims from Fiji, and in facilitating the exit was reckless as to whether the said victims will be exploited.


The victims were allegedly exploited through forced labour to work in unfavourable weather conditions, less or no wages, living (accommodation) conditions as male and female victims had to share one room together.


It is alleged that the suspects being notified of these conditions did not take any action but continued to send more victims to NZ.


Both suspects had remitted and received more than  $83,000 to and from NZ from an accomplice  Faroz Ali who was  convicted in NZ for human trafficking offences with an imprisonment sentence of nine (9) years and six (6) months.


The New Zealand Immigration was also involved during the investigation.


Investigations continue.


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