On Friday 17 November 2023, an Auckland individual was arrested by New Zealand Police as a result of a 4-month long investigation conducted by Immigration’s investigations unit.
A search warrant was executed at an address linked to possible migrant exploitation involving 3 migrants.
The 53-year-old business owner linked to the case was arrested at the address and subsequently charged with one count of Exploitation under section 351 of the Immigration Act 2009, which carries a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine. More charges are likely.
Following the arrest, Stephanie Greathead, Immigration National Manager Investigations said:
“Immigration New Zealand takes the protection of migrant workers seriously and we will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in migrant exploitation.
“No form of exploitation is acceptable in New Zealand and we encourage anyone who thinks they, or someone else, is being exploited in the workplace to contact us.”
To report a case of migrant exploitation, contact the MBIE exploitation reporting line on 0800 200 088. To report an issue anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.