Sex traf­fick­ing ex­posed at talks

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By AMY BAKER

Former New Zealand de­tec­tive and au­thor of sex­traf­fick­ing ex­pose God in a Brothel, Daniel Walker has be­come an ex­pert at in­fil­trat­ing or­gan­ised crime net­works.

Mr Walker has had a hand in the res­cue of hun­dreds of vic­tims and the prose­cu­tion of dozens of per­pe­tra­tors.

In two free events this week­end hosted by Tear Fund New Zealand, he will share his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, strug­gles and tri­umphs from the in­ter­na­tional cities he has worked in.

Mr Walker first be­came in­ter­ested in the is­sue of hu­man traf­fick­ing as an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent when he took part in a 40-hour famine that fo­cused on the plight of street chil­dren and child pros­ti­tutes that year.

‘‘It re­ally broke my heart,’’ he says.

It was at that point he re­alised he was pas­sion­ate about help­ing vic­tims of traf­fick­ing. ‘‘I thought if I could spend my life do­ing any­thing, it would be that,’’ Mr Walker says.

After more than a decade in crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and five years work­ing un­der­cover across the globe in­ves­ti­gat­ing the traf­fick­ing of women and chil­dren, Mr Walker now heads up his own anti-traf­fick­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion NVader. Formed in 2012, NVader con­ducts de­ploy­ments in South East Asia where it works with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to or­gan­ise the res­cue of vic­tims, pros­e­cute the per­pe­tra­tors and pro­vide af­ter­care to help those af­fected to build new lives.

Tear Fund events man­ager Gavin Mc­Cul­loch says Mr Walker’s ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vides a ‘‘unique win­dow into the global sex trade’’.

‘‘He ex­plores some of the darkest and most dan­ger­ous places on the planet to help res­cue the vic­tims of this hor­ren­dous crime and ex­poses the mag­ni­tude of this form of mod­ern-day slav­ery and mis­ery.

‘‘But rather than over­whelm­ing peo­ple with the prob­lem, he in­vites his au­di­ence to join a move­ment against sex traf­fick­ing,’’ Mr Mc­Cul­loch says.

A doc­u­men­tary by TVNZ on NVader and its work will screen later this year.

Daniel Walker can be heard at the Manukau City Bap­tist Church tonight at 7pm, and at the Edge Kings­land Church, 44 Ge­orge St, Mt Eden, to­mor­row night at 7pm.

En­try is free but do­na­tions for NVader can be made at the event.

Great evil: Daniel Walker is speak­ing out against the global sex trade.

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