Sign up for our newsletter ⟩
News |

Migri: Record number of human trafficking victims in Finland

The Immigration Service says more people than ever before became victims of human trafficking in Finland last year.

Maahanmuuttoviraston kyltti Helsingissä.
Work-related exploitation in Finland is on the rise. Image: Petteri Sopanen / Yle

Migri identified a record number of people as victims of human trafficking in 2019, the agency reported on Wednesday.

Of the 229 people coming through its human trafficking unit, the agency said it flagged 70 individuals as being exploited in Finland—up from 52 victims in 2018 and 42 in 2016.

Most were the victims of forced labour, working in the food, cleaning and construction industries.

In its overview, Migri found that 20 of those trafficked had been forced into marriage.

"Forced begging, forced criminal activity and human trafficking related to sexual exploitation were also detected in Finland in 2019," Migri said in a statement.

The agency reported that concerned citizens increasingly contact Migri when they suspect something’s amiss, such as visibly exhausted restaurant workers who always appear to be on shift.

"Different ways of dealing with the situation are discussed with the caller, as well as whether the matter could be reported to the authorities, such as the police or the occupational safety and health department of the regional state administrative agency. A solution is often found through discussion, senior adviser Katri Lyijynen was quoted as saying in Migri’s statement.

Latest in: News


Our picks