2020 05 20
2020 05 20
This week the Platform Swedish civil society against Trafficking in Human Beings released a report regarding individuals their members have supported in 2019. The majority of the potential victims of trafficking were subjected to sexual exploitation, including prostitution and the top 5 countries of origin were: Sweden, Nigeria, Romania, Thailand and Iraq.
In total 12 children under the age of 18 were recorded by the organisations. Among them where 8 victims of sexual exploitation, 2 of forced marriage, 1 of forced labour, 1 multiple exploitation including sexual exploitation and forced begging. 7 out of the 12 children have been trafficked domestically with Sweden as their country of origin. 4 out of the 9 children that were identified as victims of sexual exploitation were recorded as having been sexually abused before the exploitation started.
As a member of the platform we find this report very important for understanding the complexity and impact of trafficking in Sweden. We are well aware that these numbers are much lower than the actual situation and we will continue to call for a thoroughly investigation of exploitation of children in Sweden. To implement the most efficient and durable measures, accurate data on the extent of child trafficking in Sweden is fundamental!