Danish Authorities Urged to Accelerate Efforts Against Human Trafficking

The Danish authorities have been asked to come up with effective and precautionary methods to alert the public about human trafficking for the purpose of labor abuse. This is principally in the agriculture, construction and cleaning sectors. The council of Europe’s group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human beings (GRETA) expressed concern about a government focus on illegal immigration and identifying trafficking victims.

GRETA calls for the Danish government to ensure that victims of trafficking are treated as persons who are victims of human trafficking instead of being seen as traffickers themselves. In addition, victims of trafficking should be allowed the process of recovery. Finally, it demands that victims should be given the time to reflect on their trauma instead lengthy suspension to organize their repatriation from the country.


  1. Responsibility:The Not for Sale book talks about how police oeffcirs, especially in eastern Europe, are often times involved in abduction and aid in the migration or illegal smuggling of victims. Due to this, many eastern Europeans are skeptical of public officials and positions of authority, and often do not turn to police when reporting their cases and stories. The governments and the local authorities involvement in human trafficking is a major reason why human trafficking has been so difficult to combat because if we can’t rely on those in charge, then criminal activity will continue to go unnoticed and unchecked. Legislation to prevent human trafficking started in the early 20th century with the International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Trade in 1904 which centered on the illegalization of selling women. This was then expanded in the 1920s to include women and children. After WWII, the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others declared that it was against human rights to sell and profit from the sexual exploits of others. In 2000, US Congress passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. This annual report categorizes countries around the globe according to how the countries are working to combat trafficking. If a country falls under the tier 3 category, the country fails to make significant effort to stop or prevent trafficking, than the US cuts off foreign aid and opposes its applications to the World Bank and the International Monetary fund. Except that, the countries that are most prevalent to have higher trafficking victims are those with the most economic need. So by financially cutting these countries off, aren’t we just encouraging this criminal activity to continue to thrive? Victims:The books all seem to correlate in fact that the victims of human trafficking are generally women and children. There was nothing I read so far that dealt with male victims, but it does still occasionally happen. Victims are typically targeted in “vulnerable populations”, where there is political and economic depression, where unemployment and poverty are abundant. The main example is when the Soviet Union fell; organized crime seized the opportunity of political collapse and economic disarray. Between 70-80% of women lost their jobs in the soviet republics, yet they were still relied upon to provide for their family. Many women are forced into the situation where they want to provide for their family, yet there is no money and no jobs, so they seek out extreme situations. There are also the victims that dream of moving to the west, and for a more luxurious lifestyle than what they have.Orphanages are also prime locations to find victims, especially child victims. Once children reach the age of 17, they leave the orphanage, with little or no education, savings and skills or training. These children are seen as “ripe pickings.” There are also recruiters who work in the orphanages themselves who sell children into trafficking networks.

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