• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Children trafficked to Denmark for sex and forced labour
Photo: Andrew Baldacchino/Flickr

Children trafficked to Denmark for sex and forced labour

The Local · 18 Feb 2016, 12:36

Published: 18 Feb 2016 12:36 GMT+01:00

According to the report, the children, the youngest of which was a 12-year-old boy, were brought to Denmark for prostitution, theft or forced labour.

Of the nineteen, nine were forced to carry out theft – in the form of pickpocketing – while three were forced into cleaning work in restaurants. Seven were forced into selling sex, according to Metroxpress.

“Trafficked children are easier to tempt and to scam than their adult counterparts,” Hanne Mainz, a consultant at the Anti-Human Trafficking Centre, told Metroxpress.

“Some are vulnerable and have also been living on the streets in their home countries. Sometimes they are loyal and dependent upon their handler, which makes it hard to get them to tell us what they have been through,” she continued.

The distance travelled by the children to reach Denmark can be a tell-tale sign of foul play, said Mainz.

“There are not many vulnerable, poor 15 to 17-year-olds who have the money to travel from one country to another,” she said.

When trafficked children are found, authorities normally arrange for them to be returned to a relevant social organization in their country of origin. But this may not always be in the child’s best interest, says Michelle Mildwater, founder of the HopeNow Association, which advocates asylum for underage victims of human trafficking.

“There is always a danger with re-trafficking – maybe the family, willingly or unwillingly, sold the child in the first place,” Mildwater told Metroxpress. “They should therefore not be sent back into the lion’s den.”

Story continues below…

So far, authorities have only scant information as to the identity of the traffickers themselves, though they are thought mainly to originate from Nigeria, Romania and Morocco. In one case, a Danish couple was convicted of selling a 17-year-old Slovakian girl into prostitution.

In related news, a 36 year-old man from Bording in Jutland was remanded in custody earlier this week after being charged with forcing a woman to have sex with over 100 men. Along with two accomplices – one of whom is still at large – the man is also accused of threatening a number of the men who had sex with the woman. The threats include revealing the identities of the men to their families.

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's headlines
Border checks
First migrants make it from Denmark to Sweden on foot
The Øresund Bridge connects Copenhagen to Malmö. Photo: Colourbox

Dozens of attempts to cross the Øresund Bridge have been made, but this is the first successful crossing.

Seagulls 1, Aarhus 0
Aarhus's Hitchcockian nightmare will continue. Photo: Stefan W/Flickr

Officials in Denmark’s second city declared an all-out war on seagulls earlier this year. They lost.

Russia lashes out at ‘hostile’ Denmark
Russia's ambassador to Denmark, Mikhail Vanin. Photo: Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Denmark

Russia’s ambassador to Denmark accused the Danes of being “hostile” and “anti-Russian” in an interview published on Friday.

Danish MP cleared for 'bomb civilians' remark
Søren Espersen of the Danish People's Party. File photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Copenhagen Police have dropped proceedings against Danish People’s Party (DF) spokesperson Søren Espersen after he said that Denmark “should start” bombing civilians in Syria.

Denmark's biggest IPO to be windfall for Goldman Sachs
Dong's expected market value is up to 106.5 billion kroner. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

The Danish wind farm group Dong Energy is valued at up to $16 billion, leading to renewed debate about its partial sale to the US investment bank.

Aarhus blocks plans for grand mosque
Aarhus will not get a new mosque after all. Photo: Guillaume Baviere/Flickr

The sale of a plot of land for the construction of a grand mosque has been cancelled by Aarhus Municipality.

Denmark's waters are cleaner than ever
Danish beaches are cleaner than ever. Photo: Old Dane/ Wikipedia

Jump on in, the water's fine! In fact, it's cleaner than it's ever been.

Syrian refugees sue Denmark over long family wait time
File photo of the refugee tent camp in Thisted. Photo: Sara Gangsted/Scanpix

A group of five Syrians are suing Denmark and Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg over the three-year waiting period for family reunification imposed on refugees.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Green card holder Mehvish Kiran said that her four children would not be able to adjust to life in Pakistan. Photo: Submitted

Thousands of green card holders are desperately trying convince politicians not to force them out of Denmark and say that a recently-granted extension to the scheme is a hollow victory.

Danish economy set for ‘historically’ low growth
File photo: Scanpix DK

Reports from the Ministry of Finance and independent experts suggest that the Danish economy is likely to be one of Europe’s slowest growers over the coming years.

Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
National
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
National
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
Travel
The second best destination in all of Europe is...
Sport
We are the champions! Denmark wins world badminton team title
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
National
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Society
Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
International
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
National
Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Society
Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
National
Danish minister tells 'Sharia' troublemakers to 'get a job'
Culture
Danish 'martyr' exhibit reported to police
National
Denmark extends 'temporary' border measures for sixth time
National
Denmark nears final decision on controversial fighter jets
Society
Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters
National
Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
National
Denmark unable to process or issue visas
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
International
Denmark to go to war against Isis in Syria
Business & Money
How Denmark’s national bank card is about to change
Culture
The best Danish bands you've (maybe) never heard of
Danes leaving the church in droves
Society
Atheist campaign gets Danes to leave the church in droves
Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
National
Four Isis ‘recruits’ arrested in Copenhagen
Business & Money
Unwrapping Denmark's first zero-packaging food store
2,287
jobs available