Worker exploitation expert to present findings at anti-trafficking conference

Dr Christina Stringer is an associate professor in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland.  At July’s anti-trafficking conference to be co-hosted by the Diocese, Christina will present her findings from a two-year research project into worker exploitation in New Zealand.

She found non-compliance with employment legislation along with troubling accounts of exploitation of migrant workers. Many temporary migrants tolerate exploitation so they can qualify for permanent residency or because they were coerced and/or deceived by their employer. Exploitation occurs in a number of industry sectors, with much of it remaining hidden.

Dr Stringer’s areas of expertise include:

  • Forced labour and human trafficking
  • Labour chains
  • Global value chain/global production network analysis
  • Fishing industry
  • Agro-food and forestry
  • Asian development processes

She is also a member of the INTERPOL Specialist Group on Trafficking in Human Beings and a Member of the Asia Pacific Migrant Recruitment Research Network.

The Tip of the Iceberg Conference is being co-hosted by the Diocese and the Embassy of the United States of America, at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on the 26th and 27th of July.  Full information is at movementonline.org.nz/tipoftheiceberg and registrations are now open.