Along with Stand Against Slavery, Hagar, the Prescha Initiative, Justice Acts NZ and Raising Hope, Child ALERT has contracted the University of Auckland to for a two-year project to research worker exploitation within New Zealand. There will be specific findings on underage workers including trafficking and involvement in the sex industry.

Once the research is completed, in depth evidence based data will be available to inform government, agencies, schools and child carers, parents and the general public about people trafficking within New Zealand. It will also be widely disseminated and used as a tool to provoke stronger child protection measures within New Zealand.