Men in NZ’s first human trafficking trial found not guilty

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Two men accused of New Zealand’s first human trafficking charges have been found not guilty by a jury at the High Court in Nelson.

Jaswinder Singh Sangha, and his brother Satnam Singh had been accused of bringing 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand by deception.

They allegedly charged each of them 33-thousand dollars for a two year visa, and jobs in Blenheim that never eventuated.

The jury yesterday morning returned not guilty verdicts on charges of arranging the entry of people into New Zealand by coercion or deception.

But Jaswinder Singh Sangha and a third man, Kulwant Singh, were found guilty of supplying false statements to a refugee status officer.

– Story by New Zealand Herald.