Ihmiskauppa ja pakkotyö
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Human trafficking and forced labour

Human trafficking (ihmiskauppa) is a crime in Finland. The following acts are regarded as human trafficking:

  • forcing someone to work without pay or for too little pay
  • forcing someone to sell sex
  • forcing someone to beg or commit crimes
  • forcing someone to marry

The most common form of human trafficking is forcing someone to work without pay or under otherwise bad conditions. You can find information about the rights of employees in Finland on the InfoFinland pages Employee’s rights and obligations and Problems in working life.

Are you a victim of human trafficking?

You may be a victim of human trafficking, if

  • someone is pressuring you to do things you do not want to do
  • someone is making threats of violence against you or your family
  • someone is threatening to report you to authorities if you do not do as they want
  • someone is preventing or controlling your movements
  • you are unable to freely discuss your situation with others

Victims of human trafficking can be women, men or children. Human traffickers can be professional criminals, but also acquaintances, friends or relatives of the victim.

Aid to victims of human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking can get help. If you suspect that you are a victim of human trafficking, contact the Assistance system for victims of human trafficking (Ihmiskaupan uhrien auttamisjärjestelmä). You can find the contact information on the ihmiskauppa.fi website.

If someone has forced you to sell sex, you can also get help from Pro-tukipiste. There are services in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. You can find their contact information on the Pro-tukipiste website.

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