Anonymous asked: What can you tell me about human trafficking in Iceland?
That’s a tough one.
Human trafficking as well as prostitution are things that pop up in the Icelandic news and popular debate every couple of years. The debate is usually on whether or not it exists in Iceland. But of course it exists, just as anywhere else. I would suppose it resembles what occurs in our neighbouring Nordic countries. I would think that our small community and Iceland’s isolated location would make things a lot harder for trafficking (you can’t just drive across the border).
A quick google search for “mansal” turns up a handful of news reports, mostly focused around the first research report on human trafficking in Iceland published in 2009. The report claims to have found 59 victims of human trafficking. Another researcher finds faults in the report and believes that the numbers are inflated. If you are doing some research those two reports are probably the best starting point.