| New Zealand News | Sunday July 29 2012 8:47
Authorities are being urged to give the victims of a Tongan immigration scam assurances they will not be on the next flight out of New Zealand if they come forward with information.
Labour is mooting the idea of 'sanction-free days' for people to receive advice from Immigration New Zealand, without being deported.
Spokeswoman Darien Fenton says the victims are afraid and upset.
"There's many, many families effected by this, and they're devastated by the fact that they've been scammed by some of their own."
Ms Fenton says people caught up in immigration scams are normally innocent victims.
She says the victims are simply afraid of being put on the next flight back to Tonga.