U.S. Department of State 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report - Denmark
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Author||Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons|
|Publication Date||14 June 2004|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report - Denmark, 14 June 2004, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4680d8092.html [accessed 27 May 2015]|
Denmark (Tier 1)
Denmark is primarily a destination country for women and children trafficked from Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the former Soviet Union (particularly Ukraine, Moldova, and Russia), Thailand, and African countries for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Victims also transit through Denmark to other European countries.
The Government of Denmark fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government demonstrated appreciable progress in the areas of protection and prevention, but needs to undertake more vigorous anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts.
Denmark has a trafficking in persons law criminalizing both sexual and non-sexual exploitation that came into effect in June 2002. The Danish Government did not make its first arrests under the law until December 2003, when police arrested five men on trafficking and pimping charges. The trial of the five men plus one additional suspect began in April. Danish authorities reported no convictions during the reporting period. Under Danish law, penalties for trafficking are sufficiently severe, and the government provides specialized training to police officers to identify and combat trafficking and assist victims. Denmark cooperates with other governments and with organizations such as Europol, Eurojust, Interpol, Council of the Baltic Sea States, and the Police and Customs Cooperation in the Nordic Countries to investigate trafficking.
The Government of Denmark improved its protection of victims under its national action plan to Combat Trafficking in Women. The government provided partial funding to an NGO to provide shelters for foreign trafficking victims. These shelters provide security and access to professional services prior to repatriation. Consistent with the government's action plan, the NGO has begun to develop an international network of NGOs to provide better and safer repatriation services. A formal process is in place to transfer victims from police detention to NGO shelters. Danish law allows a 15-day legal stay for trafficking victims. Police rescued 14 victims from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Romania. Of these 14 victims, only five accepted the 15-day stay; the rest chose to be immediately repatriated. The government encourages victims to testify in court against traffickers. According to police, a witness can provide recorded testimony usually within days of a trafficker's arrest, and this testimony can be used as evidence in a trial.
The Danish Government continues to strengthen its prevention efforts. The national action plan to Combat Trafficking in Women was published in December 2002 and became fully effective in October 2003. Under the plan, the government and several NGOs published anti-trafficking advertisements in major newspapers that provided a hotline telephone number for victims and the public that would reach multilingual operators. The hotline provides information on support services, Danish laws, and guidelines on repatriation related to victim services. In the first seven months of operation, the hotline received 254 calls or e-mails. Also under the action plan, a government-supported NGO hired five employees to locate foreign prostitutes, collect information, and provide information on services. The government allocated an annual amount of $1.7 million to the action plan for the first three years.