Strasbourg, 07.05.2013 – The Council of Europe expert group on action against human trafficking (GRETA) calls on the Norwegian authorities to set up a national system for identifying and assisting victims of trafficking.
In its first report on Norway, published today, GRETA acknowledges that Norway has taken significant steps to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, and commends Norway’s leading role in international efforts to fight human trafficking. That said, a number of important challenges remain, including the need to adopt clear procedures and criteria for identifying victims of trafficking. The report underlines that identification procedures should be improved so that victims of trafficking are not prosecuted for immigration-related offences.
GRETA also calls on the Norwegian authorities to adopt a proactive approach to identifying child victims of trafficking, including Roma children, and to increase the involvement of NGOs in planning and monitoring anti-trafficking measures.
The report points to the need to bring the legal definition of human trafficking fully in line with the Convention and to increase penalties to help deter traffickers.
The report notes that there are around 150-200 possible victims of trafficking per year in Norway, mostly women from Nigeria, Romania and Lithuania who are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.