More reports of human trafficking

More reports of human trafficking

The number of police reports regarding human trafficking has risen sharply over the past year.  Between 1 July last year and the end of June 2016, Swedish police arrested 363 people suspected of either organising or carrying out human trafficking, according to statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande Rådet, BRÅ).   Skåne border police say they have seen a fivefold increase in such cases.  The most common trafficking routes into Sweden are by air travel or car over the Öresund strait.  The reported increase is said to be due to both the new border controls, and to an increase in trafficking.   According to Swedish police there are around 40 criminal networks that support themselves by human trafficking. During the first half of 2016 prosecutors began 55 prosecutions for crimes related to 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 (Länsstyrelsen), which is responsible for coordinating national efforts. During the Spring, the government announced that it would appoint an ambassador to work against human trafficking. Per-Anders Sunesson took up the role in May of this year.

Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having studied and worked in the field for more than 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012. In addition to working for foreign missions, she has worked in sectors such as NGOs and non-profit organisations (e.g. the Clinton Foundation and the International Red Cross), and television.