‘Record number’ of human trafficking victims in Denmark

‘Record number’ of human trafficking victims in Denmark
Most trafficking victims are forced into prostitution. Photo: Colourbox

‘Record number’ of human trafficking victims in Denmark

The Local · 6 Jul 2016, 10:50
Published: 06 Jul 2016 10:50 GMT+02:00

According to figures from the Danish Centre against Human Trafficking (Center mod Menneskehandel), Danish officials identified 93 trafficking victims in 2015. As recently as 2009, that number was just 19. 
 
The majority of the victims are from Nigeria, followed by Thailand and Uganda. Six of last year’s 93 victims were minors. 
 
“The victims are often held in the hidden iron grip of their traffickers, who use many types of physical and psychological methods to force them into submission,” Michelle Mildwater from the anti-trafficking organization Hope Now told Metroxpress
 
Of the 511 registered trafficking victims since 2007, 405 were forced into prostitution, while the others were made to commit crimes or carry out involuntary labour. 
 
There has been a particular increase in the number of male trafficking victims brought to Denmark. While there were no documented male trafficking victims in 2007, there were 42 last year. According to the Danish Centre against Human Trafficking, the men are most often forced into carrying out crimes like theft. 
 
A significant number of people are trafficked into Denmark from Eastern Europe and forced to do menial labour.
 
In addition to the people who are sold into prostitution, criminality and forced labour, there are also many trafficking victims who were brought to Denmark not by force but by deception. 
 
In March, 13 people were convicted in what was called the biggest case of human trafficking in Danish history. The 13 convicted individuals, along with 13 others, are accused of having convinced upwards of 1,000 poor Romanians to come to Denmark for jobs only to then exploit the Romanian workers and force them to live in shabby conditions. 
  
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