163 new clients were accepted into the Assistance System for Victims of Human Trafficking last year. 52 of them were estimated to have become victims of exploitation indicative of human trafficking in Finland. In Finland, 18 out of the victims were victims of human trafficking linked to sexual exploitation; most commonly, they were forced into prostitution.These statistics were revealed during the latest review of the Assistance System for Victims of Human Trafficking.
The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) has launched its new international project against Human Trafficking – Paving the Way for a Harmonized Operational Framework in the Baltic Sea Region (HOF BSR). The project has been initiated in September 2018. The National Assistance System for Victims of Human Trafficking is representing Finland in the project.
By the end of June, 76 new clients have entered the Finnish Assistance System for Victims of Human Trafficking this year. It has been estimated that for 30 of them, the exploitation indicating human trafficking has taken place in Finland. Out of those who had become victims in Finland, 12 were victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. This is a much larger number compared to previous years.