Child ALERT produces a variety of free educational materials available to the public. We encourage you to share our publications with others and ask around if they could be distributed to your local communities through schools, community centres etc.
Surviving Shame by Natalie Thorburn’s
This article reports the findings of a study involving semi-structured interviews with a sample of eight young people who started sex work between the ages of 12 and 16. The study found that participants’ experiences with formal services were overwhelmingly negative and emotionally harmful.
1 Mar 2016
Underage Sex Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand
This paper found out that numerous teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16 are being paid for sex by men who specifically look for underage sex workers. This study shines a spotlight on the abuse-saturated world of underage sex work, and indicates that despite frequent condemnation from self-identified ‘moral guardians’ in the community, New Zealand society is failing to protect its young people from sexual abuse by older predators.
1 Jun 2015
Ultimate Challenge by Ron O’Grady. Reprinted
This book, The Ultimate Challenge, is the story of one man’s extraordinary journey through life and reveals his inner strength and courage when faced with unexpected challenges.
1 Feb 2014
Survey on the public perception on the CSEC issue in NZ
This report revealed that New Zealanders are unaware of the extent of commercial sexual exploitation of children in New Zealand. Analysis of the data revealed that most respondents underestimated the number of children exploited through prostitution and sex abuse images (child pornography). Respondents’ suggested the need for education, more awareness through media, advertising, and campaigns, as well as harsher penalties for offenders, as ways of better protecting New Zealand children.
This publication is the Country Report Monitoring the Status of Action against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in New Zealand produced by ECPAT International in collaboration with ECPAT NZ Child Alert
This booklet was produced by ECPAT Child ALERT with the aims of educating the NZ public on the facts of CSEC and introducing our new way of combating online child sexual abuse images through the use of Child ALERT Hotline.
This book provides a platform for 13 young people who were sexually exploited in Auckland to talk of their experiences, their opinions, their hopes and dreams. Produced by ECPAT Child ALERT, the stories highlight the incredible courage and resilience of the young people involved in this project.
1 May 2010
Practitioner knowledge and responsiveness to victims of sex trafficking in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Victims of sex trafficking are known to be at risk for a wide range of adverse outcomes globally, but sex trafficking
is commonly believed not to happen in Aotearoa/New Zealand. New Zealand has a robust legislative framework
to safeguard people doing sex work; the work itself is decriminalised, and trafficking legislation disallows
exploitative behaviour. However, this trafficking legislation is under-utilised, and domestic sex trafficking has
attracted no prevention efforts from the government. While initiatives to assist identification and intervention
are common practice internationally, they do not exist in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Using online qualitative
surveys, I sought to examine frontline medical and social service practitioners’ perspectives of and experiences
with domestic sex trafficking. The results indicated varied experiences of contact with victims, and numerous
problematic interpretations of victims’ presentations and of the concept of trafficking. Specifically, definitions
of trafficking appeared ambiguous and outdated, and respondents commonly conflated ‘trafficking’ with other
phenomena such as sex work, sexual violence, or family violence. I conclude that trafficking and victimhood
discourses arguably texture people’s conceptualisations of what constitutes sex trafficking, illustrating the need
for a clear shared definition of sex trafficking as it manifests in a domestic context.