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Thu, 27 Oct, 2016 12:01:15 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 27
 
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The assistance system created for victims of human trafficking has already served more than 200 people.
 
Joutseno reception centre Inspector Veikko Mäkelä said by mid-October, there were already more than 100 new people in the system.
 
The system is coordinated from the Joutseno reception centre.
 
By mid-October, there were already more than 200 people getting assistance from the system, counting the people who were already in the system. According to the interior ministry, this year has seen double the number of human trafficking victims in the system compared to last year.
 
Mäkelä believes the reasons for this hike are increases in immigration and a rise in human trafficking. In addition, he believes that the authorities are also doing better in identifying potential victims of human trafficking.
 
“For the majority of this year, [human trafficking victims] have had asylum seeker backgrounds. A part [of them] have become victims outside Finland and part have arrived, for example, due to work-related reasons,” Mäkelä told the Finnish news agency STT.
 
Victims come from different countries, and they have experienced disparate types of human trafficking. As an example, Mäkelä mentions forced labour.
 
The majority of trafficking victims are women, and many of them face brutal violence and exploitation. Women’s and children’s sexual exploitation and prostitution have in particular proven to be difficult to be identified.
 
According to the interior ministry, human trafficking is a serious form of abuse and a growing problem in the Nordic countries.
 
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