Government appoints Ambassador to combat human trafficking

Between 2012 and 2015, several hundred unaccompanied children who came to Sweden may have been victims of trafficking, according to data from the Stockholm County Administrative Board. The government has announced that it is appointing an Ambassador to work against human trafficking.

Per-Anders Sunesson, currently Unit Manager at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, will assume the new role. He will work nationally within Sweden, but the aim is also to signal to the rest of the world that Sweden is stepping up its efforts against human trafficking. As Ambassador, Sunesson will contribute to the dialogue between national agencies, international organisations about issues concerning the prevention of human trafficking and prosecution of perpetrators. Through contact with other governments, the Swedish Ambassador will be a driving force in efforts to combat trafficking in human beings, strengthen the EU’s work and identify future partners, according to a press release. “Sweden is a strong voice on the international stage for gender equality and human rights. Women and men must have the same power to shape society and their own lives. Creating a new position for an ambassador to combat human trafficking is a step in this direction,” commented the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström (S).

Per-Anders Sunesson is currently Head of Department at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. He has also been the Government Offices coordinator for issues related to vulnerable EU citizens and human trafficking. In recent years, he has held various positions at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and has also previously worked at the Ministry of Justice, where his area was the standing of victims in criminal proceedings, and at the National Board of Health and Welfare. Per-Anders Sunesson will take up his new role on 16 May, 2016.

Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in the corporate- and NGOs sectors London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. Back in Sweden, she headed the business intelligence unit for a risk- and security firm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012.