Numbers and trends from 2019

From 2007 to 2019, 891 individuals have been considered victims of human trafficking in Denmark.

Highlighted numbers and trends from 2019

African woman in a massage parlorHuman 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.

From 2007 to 2019, 891 individuals have been considered victims of human trafficking by the Danish authorities.

64 individuals have been considered victims of human trafficking in 2019.

Calls received on the hotline

In 2019, the Danish Centre against Human Trafficking received 316 calls on the hotline. About half of the calls came from the police and was about police operations or potential victims in police custody. Other calls received regarding potential victims of human trafficking, came from other authorities or other collaborators.

Identifying victims of human trafficking

By doing outreach work and receiving calls from actors that are in contact with potential victims of human trafficking, the Danish Centre against Human Trafficking, together with NGOs that are funded by the government’s action plan to combat trafficking in human beings, have held identification talks with more than 230 potential victims of human trafficking in 2019.

The majority of victims have been trafficked into sexual exploitation

Among the 64 individuals considered victims of human trafficking in 2019, 38 individuals are trafficked into sexual exploitation primarily in the form of prostitution. 17 individuals are trafficked into forced labour and five individuals are trafficked into committing criminal offenses. In four cases, it was not possible to determine the type of exploitation.

36 of the victims that are trafficked into sexual exploitation are women. The last two are respectively a man and a transgender person.

Human trafficking into forced labour

12 of the individuals that were trafficked into forced labour in 2019, was exploited in the construction industry. Furthermore, two victims are exploited within the cleaning industry and one victim is exploited within the agricultural industry. In the last case, the exploitation is not further specified. 15 out of 17 victims of human trafficking into forced labour are men. The remaining two are women.

Human trafficking into committing criminal offenses

In the five cases regarding criminal offenses, three individuals are trafficked to commit thefts, while one person is trafficked into selling drugs and committing thefts. In the last case, the criminal offense is not further specified. All the individuals that are trafficked into committing criminal offenses in 2019 are men.

Women constitutes the majority of the victims of human trafficking

Of the 64 individuals that are considered victims of human trafficking in 2019, 41 are women.

The women that are considered victims of human trafficking in 2019, originates primarily from Nigeria and Thailand, and the majority are trafficked into prostitution. Only two of the women were trafficked into forced labour. 22 victims of human trafficking in 2019 are men and one of the victims of human trafficking is a transgender person.

Victims of human trafficking from Nigeria, Thailand and Romania constitutes two thirds

The 64 individuals considered victims of human trafficking in 2019, represents 14 different nationalities. 16 individuals are from Nigeria, 14 are from Thailand and 13 victims of human trafficking originates from Romania.

Relatively few victims of human trafficking originates from each of the other 11 nations. For the first time, individuals from Russia and Kirgizstan have been considered victims of human trafficking in 2019.

Minors constitutes a smaller proportion in 2019

Of the 64 individuals that are considered victims of human trafficking in 2019, six victims are under the age of 18 years old.

The six victims of human trafficking that were under the age of 18, had an age distribution of 12-17 with an average of being 16 years old. Five of the minors are boys and one is a girl.

Four of the minors originate from Morocco, of which three are exploited into committing criminal offenses while one is trafficked into sexual exploitation. One minor originates from The Gambia and is trafficked into forced labour. The sixth is from Kenya and is trafficked into sexual exploitation.

Sidst opdateret 02/11 2020