Icelandic authorities played a key role in a coordinated international investigation which has dismantled an organized crime group.
Detective Snorri Birgisson, who heads the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking division, told RÚV that prostitution in Iceland has increased considerably in recent years.
“We see numerous cases of prostitution being practiced in rental apartments, such as those listed with Airbnb.”
According to a report by the US Department of State, published in June, Iceland is a destination and a transit country for women subjected to sex trafficking, and people of both sexes who are victims of labor trafficking.
Police in the Greater Reykjavík area are investigating allegations of human trafficking in connection with the Icelandic Association of the Deaf.
There are an estimated 400 people living in slavery in Iceland, according to the Global Slavery Index, published today.
Police are investigating the case of a woman who appears to have been the victim of human trafficking at Adam Hotel in Reykjavík.
Foreign workers of a contracting firm under investigation for massive tax fraud, sought help at the Embassy of Poland in Reykjavík last Friday after electricity had been cut off from the building in which they resided.
An extensive police investigation of tax and accounting fraud in the construction business, which led to the arrests of nine people last week, is now focusing on human trafficking as well.
Two sisters from Sri Lanka, who are strongly suspected of being victims of forced labor in Vík í Mýrdal, have left the country.
Fréttablaðið reports that a third woman is believed to be a victim in the human trafficking case in Vík í Mýrdal.
Head of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, says the number of violations against employees has increased rapidly in Iceland.
According to the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, there are around 20 suspected trafficking cases in Iceland each year.
The Directorate of Immigration suspects children are being brought to Iceland under false pretenses.
More than ten cases of human trafficking have been under investigation by the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police since April, and sex tourism exists.
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Forced marriages are more common in Iceland than most people would like to believe, according to a new report on human trafficking around the world by the US Department of State.
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Up to ten possible cases of trafficking have been reported to police since Fréttablaðið began covering the issue last month. The paper has ran a series of articles on the issue including a list of possible signs of trafficking. Police in the Southwest Iceland region of Suðurnes usually work on...