To raise awareness at community and Government levels around the issues and effects of the sex industry and Human Trafficking in Aotearoa.
To have a community that is aware of the effects the sex industry is having on Human Trafficking in New Zealand.
Freedom New Zealand is an organisation originally started to petition against the legalization of prostitution in New Zealand in 2011.
Since then Freedom has sought to educate and raise awareness of the issues of sexual exploitation and Human Trafficking in New Zealand. At the end of 2019, the organisation was handed over to a new team of young advocates to start a new chapter for Freedom.
Our team currently consists of Jess Drummond, the Lead Coordinator, and Emma Sproul, the Communications Coordinator. Alongside Emma and Jess, there is a growing team of advocates who meet regularly to discuss progress and ideas of how to continue moving forward.
Jess is Freedoms lead coordinator working to bring light to the issue of sexual exploitation in Aotearoa.
"My role for Freedom NZ is about networking, bringing organizations and people together to build a community that is aware of the issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation."
Jess began advocating for this cause after she went on a mission trip in 2018, where she saw first hand the dark reality of sex trafficking.
"My heart broke seeing those trapped in this dark world, I couldn’t just leave it alone. I am passionate about stopping sex trafficking in NZ because this is not just a third world issue, it is happening here and we need to start talking, accepting it's here and standing up for change."
Emma is Freedoms Communication Coordinator focusing on how Freedom can effectively showcase the issues at hand and impact our community to stand up, speak up and reach out. "I am passionate about making the voiceless heard, the hidden seen and helping open the eyes of NZ to the heart breaking reality at hand".
Emma began her fight against Human Trafficking 9 years ago when she heard a missionary speak about the issue. "I watched her break down as she told the story of a 13 year old girl forced into the trade, my instant feeling was heart break and guilt that my 13 year old life was so different. In 2018 I did a investigative article piece for university on Human Trafficking in NZ. After hearing the stories happening in my backyard and the reality that majority of New Zealand had no idea it was happening here, it ignited a passion that couldn't be put aside. I had to do more than fund-raise for overseas missions, I had to stand up for those in my own backyard".
At Freedom NZ our aim is to raise up a community who is aware and willing to stand up against sexual exploitation in New Zealand. Our phase one is all about raising awareness, education and research.
Every step counts, here are 3 things you can do to help.
Use your Voice, share research and articles about the issue of Human Trafficking.
Meet with others passionate about the cause. Join an organisations advocate team / volunteer.
Seek to learn, research and educate oneself on the issue globally and in NZ.
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