NZ’s underbelly of forced sex trade involves Kiwis as young as 12, researcher says

Academic and forced prostitution researcher Natalie Thorburn says sex trafficking is more common in NZ than people think after speaking with dozens of teenaged sex workers.

“There is a rising demand for the young, developing adolescent as the ultimate sex object.

Thorburn believes there is lack of awareness surrounding labels like forced sex work or sex trafficking.

This leads to an absence of reported incidences, victims not being encouraged to come forward, or investigations by police or state departments.

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