Newstalk ZBJune 22, 2014, 6:42 am
The claims are made in a US State Department report, which refers to forced labour on foreign-flagged fishing vessels.
It says victims face debt bondage, confiscation of their passports, and the underpayment of wages.
Stand Against Slavery’s Steph Lambert says while the Government has taken steps to combat the exploitation in the fishing industry, more must be done.
“We’re also hopeful that there will be greater research done to find out what exactly the nature and the scope of human trafficking in New Zealand really is.”