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Link Between Fish Factory Fire and Human Trafficking?

A fire in an old fish factory in Grundarfjördur in west Iceland at the end of August is believed to be an insurance scam organized by one of the suspects in an extensive human trafficking case currently under investigation by Sudurnes Police.

From Grundarfjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to Morgunbladid, the fish factory, which was severely damaged in the fire, is owned by two individuals, one of whom is believed to have set it on fire. That person bought 50 percent of the building in August and is now in custody.

The human trafficking investigation began with the arrival of a 19-year-old Lithuanian woman to the country, who told police she was afraid she would be forced into prostitution. The investigation is expanding and seven men are currently in custody.

The Icelandic government is organizing an open meeting on actions against human trafficking in Reykjavík tomorrow with Eva Biaudet, OSCE’s special representative on combating human trafficking.

Click here to read more about the investigation and here to read more about the open meeting.

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