Fiji woman arrested for alleged involvement in human trafficking

A FIJIAN woman has been arrested, and an arrest warrant to be issued for her sister in Australia, for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking case in New Zealand.

The arrest of the 31-year-old woman at Nasole in Nasinu is a result of a joint investigation by the Fiji Police Force, New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Immigration.

Fiji Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the two were alleged to have facilitated the travel of 17 Fijian citizens who were exploited through slavery and became victims of human trafficking in Auckland, New Zealand, between April and August in 2014.

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

She said those 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 they had obtained money from victims just for visa application process.

She added those victims were allegedly exploited in NZ through forced labour and work in unfavourable weather conditions, less or no wages, living conditions.

More on this story in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.

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