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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:

  • Sexual or financial exploitation, for example, forcing someone into prostitution or work without pay
  • Forced marriage, in other words a marriage that is not based on the free will of the spouses
  • Trade in human organs
  • Illegal adoption
  • Slave and forced labour

Victims of human trafficking are commonly threatened, coerced and subjected to violence. Their family members may also be threatened.

Victims of human trafficking can be women, children or men. Human trafficking can be a part of organised operations conducted by organised criminals, but the perpetrator can also be the victim’s acquaintance, friend or family member.

More information on the rights of employees in Finland is available on the InfoFinland page Rights and responsibilities of an employee.

Aid to victims of human trafficking

If you suspect that you are a victim of human trafficking, you are entitled to help and protection. You can receive assistance, for example, in matters related to housing, health services and safety. If you are in Finland illegally, you may have a right to obtain a residence permit.

The following bodies provide help to victims of human trafficking:

  • Support number for victims of human trafficking: 02954 63177 Finnish, Swedish and English
  • Non-Discrimination Ombudsman (yhdenvertaisuusvaltuutettu). Customer service: 0295 666 817 Mon to Fri 10 am to 12 noon, services in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  • State reception centres (vastaanottokeskus) in Oulu and Joutseno.

You can also ask for help from the following organisations:

  • Police. In emergency situations, call the emergency number 112.
  • Monika - Multicultural Women’s Association (Monika-Naiset liitto ry). The national helpline of Resource Center Monika serves from Mondays to Fridays, 9–16, at 0800 05058. The calls are taken by the Center's crisis workers. The helpline is intended for immigrant women who have experienced violence or threat thereof.
  • Shelter Mona's phone 045 639 6274 answers on a 24/7 basis. It is intended for women seeking shelter in crisis situations.
  • Pro Centre Finland in Helsinki. In Finnish 09 2512730, and in Russian and Estonian 09 25127331
  • Pro Centre Finland in Tampere. In Finnish 03 3454 2200
  • Victim Support Finland’s (Rikosuhripäivystys) support telephone in Finnish, and where possible in English and Swedish, Mon to Tue 1 am to 9 pm and Wed to Fri 5 pm to 9 pm. The telephone number is 116 006.

Information on what to do if you fall victim to violence or crime is available on the InfoFinland pages Violence and Crimes.

The website contains information on human trafficking and also advice on where a victim of human trafficking may find help.

linkkiSuomen kansallinen ihmiskaupan uhrien auttamisjärjestelmä:
Help for victims of human traffickingFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian | Thai | Vietnamese | Polish | Romanian | Bulgarian

linkkiNon-Discrimination Ombudsman:
Information on human traffickingFinnish | Swedish | English

Contact information for police departmentsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMonika – Multicultural Women’s Association:
Aid and support to immigrant womenFinnish | English | Russian | French | Somali | Arabic | Kurdish | Thai

linkkiVictim Support Finland:
Aid to crime victimsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiPro Centre Finland:
Counselling for sex workersFinnish | English

linkkiFinnish League for Human Rights:
Information on human rightsFinnish | Swedish | English