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Sex, trafficking and preventative software…

08 Aug 13

Fighting against sex trafficking and child exploitation, Wynyard Group's technology is being used to combat the 'rape-for-profit' industry in Asia-Pacific.

The security solutions provider, fresh from listing on the New Zealand stock exchange, has joined forces with Nvadar, a Kiwi charitable trust that fights against sex trafficking, to help prevent a growing problem across the region.

Worth an estimated US$32bn worldwide, global sex trading is as prolific as it is horrific, leading Wynyard to donate $150,000 worth of technology in a bid to make a difference.

"It's not technology they can afford if they were to go and buy it off the commercial market," Craig Richardson, MD, Wynyard Group told the New Zealand Herald.

"They're a not-for-profit so money they earn through donations and support should be going into their investigative activities rather than buying this sort of stuff.

"Most people don't connect financial gains from criminal activity such as money laundering to crimes against women and children.

"By enhancing Nvader's ability to investigate incidents in an increasingly challenging global criminal environment, Nvader can be even more effective in tackling these offenders and combating sex trafficking."

Motivated by a view that affords value and inherent dignity to every human being no matter what their race, religion, colour or creed, the Nvadar board of directors includes former and serving members of the New Zealand Police.

Other members include qualified lawyers, experienced business people, community development and aftercare specialists, and pastoral care and church leaders.

Led by founder Daniel Walker, with twenty years law enforcement experience, Nvadar's efforts have resulted in the rescue of many hundreds of women and children as well as the successful prosecution of many traffickers.

"Nvader works in partnership with individuals and organisations to effectively combat sex trafficking and we are delighted to have the support and expertise of Wynyard," Walker told the New Zealand Herald.

"Arming our people with new technology solutions to help fight the global rape-for-profit industry will help convict more sex traffickers, making it infinitely more risky for other criminals involved in these crimes.

"As more brothels are closed, finances frozen and assets seized this severely impacts the businesses of those making a profit from such exploitation and oppression."