One of our major cases over the last two years has resulted in successful convictions!!! The two accused persons were convicted for "being part of trafficking" and "knowingly running and profiting from an illegal brothel."
We are currently awaiting sentencing which has been adjourned until later this year so watch this space!
On hearing the news the conviction was successful the lead Nvader investigator made the comment that “This case is a great example of collaboration and I'm really pleased with the outcome.”
The case was particularly complex due to the number of countries involved and has required the co-operation of a number of police and NGO’s.
Nvader took a lead role in locating and interviewing victims and preparing them to give evidence at trial.
A successful conviction has meant there will be very real damage to a significant criminal syndicate that is operating within both countries.Read more
Over the last two years Nvader has experienced major growth as an organisation. Our staffing numbers have gone from just six in 2013 to 16 in 2015!!! Most recently we have welcomed a new investigator in our field office.
TEAR FUND’S RECENT INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT REPORT said the following. “Nvader has made impressive progress over a very short timeframe in putting in place the structure, policy/strategy, systems and staffing of its organisation both in New Zealand and Thailand. Highly qualified and experienced staff relevant to all main areas of Nvader’s programme - investigations, prosecution, aftercare, partnership, business and financial management - are now in place.”Read more
Two of our staff traveled to support three victims testify in court recently.
Our social worker was able to spend time with the girls before and after they gave their testimonies. We still await the verdict of the case but the girls are settled at the shelter where they will complete their studies up to Grade 12!
Our social worker reported back that “the three girls look very happy and in good understanding for their life and future!”
Great job team!Read more
81 years in total
In early 2014 one of our investigators and his team, with support from our social worker, investigated 3 offenders who were trafficking four school age girls for commercial sexual exploitation. The three offenders were charged and all three offenders were convicted. Two of them were given prison sentences of 36 years and 3 months. The third received a sentence of 9 years 3 months. These sentences represent something of a record for this type of offending.
An 18 month long process has resulted in an incredible result with significant prison terms imposed.Read more
GREAT NEWS!: One of our cases from 2013 has now worked its way through the judicial process. Two of the offenders received sentences of 10 years each. Based on conversations with these offenders it is estimated that they were trafficking approximately five girls per month (that's 60 per year!). The latest convictions will therefore prevent an estimated 600 further victims from being trafficked while the offenders are imprisoned. This is a great outcome and an integral part in breaking down theses criminal networks.Read more
Today we have a new lawyer joining our team in Southeast Asia. This is exciting and will further assist with the prosecution of offenders. An effective prosecution process is necessary in order to achieve the ultimate results. This ensures that the offenders are stopped and more importantly prevents other potential victims from being trafficked.Read more
Prestigious law firm partner, Ralph Simpson leaves Auckland for a five year stint to head-up Nvader's Thailand office. Many thanks to TVNZ's Seven Sharp for an INCREDIBLE 4:41 story on tonights show.Read more
GREAT NEWS! This week our team in South East Asia conducted a rescue operation in partnership with local police and nine victims of sex trafficking were rescued. This photo was taken at the scene and shows one of the rooms inside the brothel where the girls spent their days trapped. Today they are free!Read more
The Nvader team have just just returned from their latest deployment to Thailand where we successfully set up and opened our new office from which our investigators, social workers and lawyers will be based. We'll keep you updated as the office develops and of our impact from this forward base of operations in the fight against sex trafficking. Thank you for your continued support!Read more