Slaves in Norway

Monday 6 August 2018

We must become harder against the hard in the face of human trafficking.

A new report from the Global Slavery Index estimates that as many as 9,000 people can live as slaves in Norway.

In the shadows of the organized Norwegian workforce there is the opposition to the Norwegian model. A working life in which people work into big debts, where immigrants are deprived of passports, are housed in small rooms and continuously monitored. Where the wages are so low that they are barely able to live off and there many simply have no choice but to listen to the boss.

This is the everyday of too many people in Norway. We know that because the so-called Lime judgment, almost 1100 pages, has given us a unique insight into the daily lives of the laborers slaves. The victims explained that they worked 12-hour days, but still got so low a salary that they were indebted to their own boss. In addition, they had to live with daily threats. One of the judges must have said about the staff that “they are dogs. They must be treated as dogs ».

Modern slavery is a deeply cynical industry that plays on people’s inner longings and dreams. Modern slave traders make use of people at their most vulnerable and livelihoods on their lack of opportunities to break out of compulsion.

Forcing people to wash cars or sell food is bad enough. But we know that a lot of human trafficking in Norway is also about forcing vulnerable women to sell sexual services. For some, every day consists of both. An apparently normal job of the day and forced prostitution as darkness settles.

Slavery has become part of our everyday lives. We see them when they are in the store, pull the street or wash the car, but we do not know who they are.

What we know, however, is that a completely different priority is needed to investigate and punish those who are looking at the people’s misfortune in this way. We also know that many of the networks that support human trafficking in Norway are international. People who come to Norway and being sentenced for human trafficking should never come in again. It’s time to tighten.

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