Migrants working unlawfully in sex industry
Immigration New Zealand says it has found a number of migrants working unlawfully in the sex industry, but no evidence of exploitation.
The agency says INZ Compliance Officers visited 57 brothels across Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. It says this was a proactive approach to better understand issues within the sex industry as part of wider work on exploitation.
Operational activity targeted small owner-operated brothels as part of this programme of work, not commercial brothels or massage parlours.
The Prostitution Reform Act 2003 states that only New Zealand citizens and residents can legally work in the sex industry.
Last updated on the 16th September 2019