U.S. Department of State 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report - Denmark
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Author||Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons|
|Publication Date||12 June 2007|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report - Denmark, 12 June 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/467be3ab23.html [accessed 29 May 2017]|
|Disclaimer||This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.|
Denmark (Tier 1)
Denmark is primarily a transit and destination country for women and girls trafficked from Ukraine, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Thailand, Ghana, and Nigeria for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.
The Government of Denmark fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. In December 2006, the government adopted its second anti-trafficking national action plan and extended the period of reflection it grants foreign trafficking victims from 15 to 100 days. Denmark spent approximately $178,000 on a domestic national awareness campaign during the year. The government should consider granting identified trafficking victims temporary residency and work permits in order to increase victim participation in trafficking investigations. Denmark should develop legal alternatives to deportation for victims who face retribution or hardship upon repatriation. Although the government has invested considerable resources to improve law enforcement efforts, more should be done to improve the collection of trafficking statistics.
The Government of Denmark sustained law enforcement efforts over the reporting period. Denmark prohibits trafficking for both sexual exploitation and forced labor through Section 262 of its criminal code, although prosecutors often use the procurement law to prosecute traffickers. Punishments prescribed for trafficking under section 262 extend to eight years' imprisonment, are sufficiently stringent and are commensurate with penalties prescribed for other grave crimes, such as rape. Police conducted a total of 21 trafficking investigations during the reporting period, down from 30 investigations in 2005. Initial information shows that in 2006, authorities prosecuted at least 14 trafficking cases, compared to 30 cases in 2005. Convictions were obtained against 33 traffickers in 2006, including three under the anti-trafficking statute and 30 under the procurement law; in 2005, seven traffickers were convicted under the anti-trafficking statute and 20 were convicted under the procurement law. All 33 traffickers convicted under the two laws served some time in prison; no convicted traffickers received suspended sentences in 2006.
Denmark continued to provide adequate assistance and protection for victims of trafficking. The government continued to fully fund three regional NGOs in Denmark that provide victim outreach and identification, rehabilitative counseling, shelter, and public awareness. The government trained police personnel to effectively use the "Next Stop" trafficking hotline to refer victims to appropriate anti-trafficking NGOs for assistance. Police encouraged victims to participate in trafficking investigations, but the government did not prevent the punishment of trafficking victims for unlawful acts committed as a result of their being trafficked, such as detention for immigration violations. Consequently, few foreign victims assisted authorities in investigations. The government did not provide victims with legal alternatives to their removal to countries where they could face hardship or retribution. Although some government-funded NGOs did attempt to contact NGOs in source countries to facilitate safe repatriation of victims, deficiencies in the infrastructures of some source countries resulted in victims returning to face hardship, retribution, or re-trafficking upon their return.
Denmark demonstrated progress in its trafficking prevention efforts. In October 2006, the government launched "You Have a Choice, She Doesn't," a nation-wide information campaign that focused on domestic demand reduction and increased general public awareness of trafficking. The campaign included television and film advertisements, billboards, fliers, and leaflets. The government continued to adequately monitor its borders. Denmark continued to fund NGOs to conduct regional awareness campaigns.