Warnings about risks of human trafficking

If you are a survivor of trafficking, or you suspect that someone else is, you should contact the Norwegian police on the emergency phone (dialing 📞 112).  Every contact with the police will be treated in strict confidence.

Many people will want to help you on your journey, and after you arrive in Norway. However, not everyone may be who they say they are; some people may wish to take advantage of your situation.

For example, they may promise you accommodation, transport, or free food, and use this to pressure you into sexual acts, work or other services you do not agree with. Or they may want to harm you or take your documents or other belongings.

Please have a look at UNHCR’s information video on “How to stay safe”:

The video is also available in Ukrainian and Russian.

You can also watch the below videos made by the Norwegian police (click on the links):

Ласкаво просимо до Норвегії!Добро пожаловать в Норвегию!

Not everyone offering help has good intentions (Українська)

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking happens when a person is tricked, trapped or coerced into being exploited for another person’s private gain or profit.

It is a crime and can take various forms, such as:

  • sexual exploitation
  • forced labor
  • domestic servitude
  • slavery or similar practices
  • gender-based violence
  • forced begging or criminality.

How can you keep yourself and your family safe?

There are many that will want to help you, but not everyone is who they say there are. There are persons who want to take advantage of your situation.

For example, they may promise you accommodation, transport, or free food, and use this as a way to pressure you into sexual acts, work or services you do not agree with. Or they may want to harm you or take your belongings.

There are signs you can look for to keep yourself and your family safe. For example, be alert if someone:

  • is asking for your passport or other identification documents (apart from public authorities, for example at border check points);
  • is asking for your phone, laptop or other means of communication;
  • wants to remove you from your family or others you are travelling with;
  • is offering you a job that sounds too good to be true;
  • is pressuring you to perform work, services or sex (including to repay ‘debts’);
  • is offering you assistance – such as food – only if you carry out certain ‘services’;
  • is promising to help you get registered, relocated or resettled to another country against payment (except for regular transportation fees);
  • is hiring you but not paying you, or paying only part of what was promised;
  • is hiring you, but not giving you decent working conditions or limiting your movement, for example by taking your documents or locking the door.

What steps can you take to stay safe?

  • Be alert and follow your own intuition about people you don’t know.
  • Always hold onto your documents. Take copies of them on your phone and send them to someone you trust.
  • Keep in touch with your family and other people you trust.
  • Know your rights and where you can get help.
  • Seek reliable information from trusted sources.

If you are looking for a place to stay:

  • Use organized accommodation by known organizations, if possible.
  • If using an online service provider, make sure to select hosts that have a positive rating and look at the reviews on the page.
  • If you stay with private individuals, try to ask around about the person first. Don’t accept to be removed from your family or those you arrived with, and don’t give away your documents. Ask if anything is expected of you in return and always agree on a price beforehand.

Are you in danger or is your life at threat in Norway?

Call the police at 📞 112 if you need immediate help. If there is no urgency, call 📞 02800

You have the right to feel safe/protection in Norway. You can get free help if:

  • you feel unsafe where you live and need a new place to live
  • someone pressures you to do something you don’t want in return for travel or housing
  • someone exploits you or pressure you sexually
  • someone forces or pressure you to work, do services or crime
  • you are a victim of violence or abuse

Is there anyone who is being violent against you in Norway or forcing you to do something you do not want?

You can talk to these people who can help you:

  • Healthcare and medical staff
  • The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)
  • The police
  • Staff or volunteers at the reception centre you are staying at
  • The refugee service or others who work in the municipality you are staying at

Do you want to talk to someone who is not from the Norwegian government? Do you want to speak anonymously?

You can call these helplines and talk to independent organizations. You do not have to say who you are if you do not want to.

  • Caritas helpline is available in Ukrainian and Russian free of charge through WhatsApp. Open Monday-Thursday between 10:00 am and 16:00 pm. Please call 📞 +47 31 40 23 00
  • ROSA helpline on human trafficking available in Norwegian and English. Always open. They can assist with an interpreter. Please call: 📞 +47 22 33 11 60

Are you a child or a young person in need of help?

You can call Alarmtelefonen (an emergency phone) for children and young people on 📞 116111. This emergency telephone is a 24-hour telephone and chat service in Norwegian and English. They can assist with an interpreter.

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