27 Sep

Report puts spotlight on NZ sex-trafficking

first_imgStuff co.nz 9 June 2014A Hamilton couple are being noticed by key government figures for taking a stand against child sex trafficking in New Zealand.A report about the subject by Shimal Sataiya and Mark Calderwood was recently referred to in a general debate in Parliament and awaits further discussion by MPs.In its 2012 Trafficking in Persons report, the United States Department of State said New Zealand was a source country for underage girls subjected to internal sex trafficking, Sataiya said.The Ministry of Justice website states the New Zealand definition of trafficking requires international movement.New Zealand is likely to categorise forcible movement of people within the country as kidnapping, slavery, or other related forms of offending.Sataiya said evidence from Supreme Court Judge Susan Glazebrook said about 200 under 18-year-olds were working illegally within the sex industry in New Zealand.“My argument is, so many people are ignorant about it happening in New Zealand – it makes it even more of a danger,” Sataiya said.The US report also said a number of Pacific Island and Maori children were being trafficked within New Zealand by gang-controlled trafficking rings.Sataiya said child sex trafficking in New Zealand was an issue that needed addressing. “The law can’t do much, so change needs to come from people being more aware of this.”She said the pair would also like to see harsher penalties for trafficking and for the Government to redefine the terms surrounding the issue to ensure nothing slipped through the cracks.Minister of Immigration Michael Woodhouse spoke last week at the Prevent People Trafficking Conference in Porirua. He said the Government “remains alert to the possibility of trafficking occurring here”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/10135752/Fighting-against-NZ-sex-traffickinglast_img read more

26 Sep

Ten Dominican students leave to study in China

first_imgEducationLocalNewsTertiary Ten Dominican students leave to study in China by: – August 30, 2011 95 Views   no discussions Share Share Photo credit: chineseculture.about.comTen Dominican students left the island on Saturday, August 27th to study in China, as part of the People’s Republic of China Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2011/2012.Chinese Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Wongtu Rie has said that the Chinese government is very pleased to be making this contribution to Dominica through the education sector.The Ambassador says that his government believes that an investment in the education sector will provide many benefits to Dominica as it relates to human resource development.“The Chinese Government is very elated to be assisting the Government of Dominica in making these scholarships available to Dominican students. This will now bring the total number of Dominican students granted scholarships to study in China to one hundred and fifteen (115), after just seven (7) years of cooperation.”Minister of Education, Honorable Petter Saint Jean believes that this milestone in the education sector is just one of the many fruits enjoyed by Dominica, resulting from its diplomatic relations with China; a country and government that continues to invest heavily in the country’s development.“I can tell you that on behalf of the Government and people of Dominica we say a big thank you to the Chinese government for this gesture. Again, we would like to pledge our unwavering support to them as we continue to work together to build our nations,” said Saint Jean.Parliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister with responsibility for Information Technology, Honorable Kelver Darroux reiterated Government’s commitment to the One-China policy.He encouraged the scholarship-awardees to ‘learn other cultures, interact and make their parents and Dominica proud.’The ‘One China Policy’ states that the Peoples Republic of China is the only legitimate state called China.At the invitation of the Chinese government, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, during a visit to China, signed the Joint Communiqué between the People’s Republic of China and the Commonwealth of Dominica on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, on March 23rd, 2004.Prime Minister Skerrit has since said that ‘China is an important player in the international arena and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Commonwealth of Dominica and China is in the fundamental interests of the people in the two countries.’He says “Dominica recognizes that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China and that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China’s territory. The Commonwealth of Dominica will persistently adhere to the one-China policy and actively develop friendly relations of cooperation with China”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more