Sex trafficking exposed at talks
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.