Numbers and trends from 2018

The Danish Centre against Human Trafficking provides a yearly statistics of the total number of individuals who are considered victims of human trafficking in Denmark.

Human trafficking is a criminal act and it often occurs in secret. Many victims of human trafficking are reluctant to seek help and support, because they fear the traffickers. This, among others, contributes to the field being underreported. The Danish Centre against Human Trafficking estimates that the true extent of human trafficking exceeds the official number of individuals considered victims of human trafficking.  

In 2018, 97 individuals were considered victims of human trafficking in Denmark. The number corresponds with the number in 2017, but it disperses in terms of gender, exploitation and age.

Men pose the majority of individuals considered victims of human trafficking

2018 is distinct by the fact that the majority of victims of human trafficking were men. Out of the 97 victims 61 were men, and 45 of those were trafficked into forced labor.

There is a large group of male victims from the Philippines who have been trafficked into forced labour in Denmark. All of them were identified in one single case.

Exploitation into prostitution and criminal offenses

In previous years the statistics have shown that especially women from Nigeria have been exploited into prostitution. This is not the case in 2018 where 29 women have been trafficked into sexual exploitation.

In 2018 eight individuals have been trafficked into criminal offenses. Six of these individuals are boys below the age of 18 who have been trafficked to commit theft. One man above the age of 18 has been trafficked to produce skunk and a woman has been exploited to tax and VAT evasion in connection with the operation of a store.

More boys from Morocco have been identified

Asylumcentre where boys are playing FIFA

In 2018 there have been an increasing number of victims of human trafficking from Morocco (eight persons). It is primarily boys under the age of 18 who have been exploited to commit criminal offenses. Boys and young adults from Northern Africa represent a particularly vulnerable group who, as orphaned children living on the streets, are recruited by criminal networks in Morocco and later on in Europe. It is often criminal networks which systematically exploit the boys and pushes them to commit criminal offenses e.g. theft, burglary, sale of drugs and smuggling drugs on their way through Europe.  

A larger proportion of trafficked minors in 2018

Among the 97 individuals considered victims of human trafficking in 2018, there is an age span of 13-54 years with an average age of 33 years old. Ten of the victims were below the age of 18 at the time of identification. 2018 is hereby the year where most minors have been identified as victims of human trafficking. It is also the year with the largest percentage of victims of human trafficking under the age of 18.

20 different nationalities

The 97 individuals trafficked in 2018 represent 20 different nationalities. There are many victims from few countries and few victims from different countries.

Nearly half of the people who have been considered victims of human trafficking in 2018 are from the Philippines (26 people) or Nigeria (20 people). 

Encounters with victims of human trafficking

In 2018, 37 out of 97 victims of human trafficking were met through police efforts. Furthermore, The Trade Union 3F has helped 30 of the victims from 2018 get in contact with the Danish authorities.

 

Sidst opdateret 18/12 2019