Are you being exploited by your employer?

Exploitation in the form of human trafficking is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. If you are being exploited at your workplace, you can get help with leaving as well as receiving support from the Danish state.

Do some of these statements apply to your situation?

Working and living conditions

  • You do not have a contract or you were pressured to sign a contract.
  • The contract you have signed is in a language you do not understand.
  • The salary you receive is not what you were told you would receive when you accepted the job offer.
  • You are expected to work long hours beyond what is outlined in the contract.
  • You work in unhealthy or unsafe conditions.
  • You do not receive any salary or a very low salary.
  • A big part of your salary is paid back to your employer or is deducted from your pay cheque.
  • You live under bad conditions (with no privacy, poor sanitation, at your workplace, etc.).


  • Your employer threatens to fire you without payment or to report you to authorities if you complain about the working conditions or if you contact a trade union like 3F.
  • You or your family are threatened by the employer or their associates.
  • You are told that you owe a lot of money to the person who recruited you (for instance for the travel arrangements).
  • You fear threats, violence or other repercussions if you do not pay.

Restriction of movement

  • Your employer or your employer’s representatives insist on speaking on your behalf when communicating with the authorities and/or banks, for example.
  • You are surveilled, e.g. through GPS on your phone or through cameras at your workplace or where you live.
  • You are not allowed to go to the doctor or hospital if you are hurt or sick.
  • Your identity documents have been taken from you.
  • You do not have control of your NemID or MitID.

If some of these situations apply to you, you might be a victim of human trafficking.


If you are a victim of human trafficking, we can offer you:

  • Protection and a temporary place to stay.
  • Medical assistance.
  • Psychological support.
  • Legal assistance.
  • Help to contact your family or organisations in your home country or country of residence.
  • Help to return to your home country or country of residence including financial support for six months after your return.
  • Non-EU citizens are entitled to stay in Denmark for up to 120 days in order to prepare for their return and to decide if they wish to cooperate with the authorities.


For counselling and support, please contact the Danish Centre against Human trafficking. You can contact us anonymously, if you wish. Call our hotline: (+45) 7020 2550. Opening hours: weekdays 9-15 as well as weekends and holidays: 9-15. We speak English and Danish and we can arrange to have an interpreter present, if needed.

If you do not speak Danish or English, you can write an email in your language to: Your email will be translated and we can contact you along with an interpreter.