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No One Convicted for Human Trafficking

In Iceland, there is a considerable lack of knowledgeable staff to deal with cases of human trafficking, a new report on the issue reveals. In the 59 known cases in the past three years, no one has been convicted, reports.

Reykjavik District Court.

According to this new research, undertaken by anthropologist Frída Rós Valdimarsdóttir for the Red Cross, one third of the cases pertain to the sex industry but the others to construction, cleaning and domestic help, as well as restaurants. None of the cases entered the court system and none of them were formally treated by the police as cases of human trafficking.

The only conviction in a human trafficking case pertains to document forgery. Five Chinese women, defined by the court system as victims of human trafficking, were sentenced for forgery. They showed forged identification on a layover in Leifsstöd International Airport on their way to the USA, where, supposedly, slave labor awaited them.

In another instance, a massage parlor owner was beloved to have kept an employee in a situation bordering on human trafficking. The employee won a civil suit, demanding unpaid wages. Also, the massage parlor owner was convicted for breaking penal laws by counterfeiting the employee’s signature on a contract of employment.

Thirdly, in 2007 suspicion arose that employees of a restaurant were victims of human trafficking. However, the investigation fell through as the employees disappeared from the country soon thereafter. The restaurant also changed owners immediately afterwards.

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