Human trafficking is a violation of fundamental human rights and a serious violation of the individual’s right to decide over his own body and his own life. It is a global problem and unfortunately a lucrative business for traffickers.
Human trafficking is the third most profitable criminal business in the world – surpassed only by arms and drug smuggling. The risk of being detected and prosecuted is minimal for the traffickers.
Who are the victims of human trafficking?
Victims of human trafficking are vulnerable people who often live in deep addiction to their traffickers, with threats directed at themselves and their families. The traffickers are criminals who exploit the victims’ vulnerability and the demand for the service the victims deliver. Some traffickers are a part of a global organized criminal networks. The clear majority of victims of human trafficking, both in Denmark and internationally, are women who are trafficked in prostitution.
How do we fight against human trafficking?
The fight against human trafficking requires cooperation and close co-ordination between many different authorities and actors that are involved in the efforts. The effort must be flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual victim. In Denmark, since the first action plan in 2002, there has been broad support in the Danish parliament for Danish efforts. It is important and necessary that all authorities and other actors work together to combat human trafficking and ensure action against victims. We must intervene when human rights are violated, and the freedom of individual people becomes violated.