Public urged to report those responsible for migrant exploitation

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Oct 17, 2021 |

A crime-fighting charity is after the public’s help to hold those responsible for migrant exploitation to account.

It’s the second week of a series of Crime Stoppers crime awareness campaigns that will run until January next year.

The aim is to encourage people to safely and anonymously report what they know about crime in New Zealand.

Crime Stoppers CEO Hadyn Smith says migrant exploitation doesn’t just affect migrants. It hurts all those that it touches.

“Not only does it cause huge harm to migrants and their families, but it also undercuts legitimate businesses who follow the rules, and it damages New Zealand’s reputation as a fair place to work, live and do business.”

Mr Smith says migrant workers have the same minimum employment rights as everyone else and deserve to be treated with respect.

He says, “anyone aware of them being mistreated and exploited should immediately contact the authorities. If they want to do it privately, using Crime Stoppers will make sure reports and leads are truly anonymous.”

Crime Stoppers wants people to report what they know safely and anonymously. This can be done online at or by phone at 0800 555 111. Reports can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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