Published on 27/07/12 at 13:15:13 GMT by Redaksjonen
The Immigration Directorate (UDI) states that as of June 30, there were 46 single minor between 15 and 18 who had left reception without giving a new address. The reason for several of the disappearances can be human trafficking.
- There are several reasons why single minor asylum seekers move from reception. Many people volunteer. But UDI is worried about some of the disappearances, says Marit Sjaastad, acting departmental director of the UDI.
As of 30 June, there were 46 single children between 15 and 18 who had left reception without giving a new address. In 2011 there were 35 at the end of the year. The numbers change from day to day because young people who have left the receptions return, while others are later being traced by the police or child welfare.
Many of the youngsters who were missing were registered in another European country before they came to Norway and probably traveled to another country. Many also leave the reception before the age survey, probably because the age test will show that they are over 18 years old. According to UDI's information, there are a few of the 46 minors who have left the reception this year, which fall under "suspicious disappearances" where there is a danger of trafficking in human beings.
- Of course we are very concerned about that. One youth who's gone is one too much, says Sjaastad.
When youth disappear from an asylum reception, the case shall be reported to the UDI, the police and child welfare services. The receptions are also actively working to protect vulnerable youth from trafficking in human beings. They inform young people about the possibilities, rights and dangers, and screen them against unwanted requests.
"The receptions have a good cooperation with the police in such cases, and we find that both the reception, police and child welfare are taking this issue seriously," says Sjaastad.
Illustrative photo: UNICEF
Facts about trafficking in human beings - Human trafficking is a term for slavery-like activities used in jurisdictions where such deprivation and exploitation is regarded as an offense. "In Norwegian law, which complies with UN guidelines, trafficking in human beings is a crime against the Penal Code's chapter of detention. "The term gained great impact internationally from the mid 1990s, including the UN, where it has been used specifically for forms of abduction, sale, forced prostitution and sexual exploitation of women and children who have been smuggled from their home country. - The term is also used for other ways of illegal exploitation of other people's labor or bodies, by force, violence, fraud, or other forms of abuse of power, even in situations where the victim has not been transported from one country to another. Examples include forced labor, illegal adoption and involuntary service in war. - Human trafficking has been estimated as the third most lucrative illegal trade in the world after illegal trafficking and smuggling of drugs and weapons. About 2.5 million women and children have been estimated to be exposed to trafficking annually.
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