Iceland is Destination for Sex Trafficking Victims

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The number of cases of human trafficking in Iceland is on the rise as the number of tourists increases, according to Alda Hrönn Jóhannsdóttir, chief legal officer for the greater Reykajvík police. She stresses the importance of increasing discussion on the subject.

“There are many reasons for this increase,” Alda told Vísir. “There is, for example, the increased influx of tourists, and there is mainly sex trafficking, because where there is demand, there is supply.”

According to a report by the US Department of State, published in June, Iceland is a destination and a transit country for women subjected to sex trafficking, and people of both sexes who are victims of labor trafficking. The report recommends that efforts be increased to fight such crimes.

“We always need to improve,” Alda admits. She wants to educate people and encourage them to be on the alert to crimes of this kind.

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