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To commit a crime against your will

It can be human trafficking when a person is exploited to commit a crime against her will. It can be when someone:

  • Sends you to different places to produce or sell drugs.
  • Forces you to beg, steal from shops, or rob people.
  • Forces you with threats or violence to commit a crime when you don't want to.
  • Refuses to give you something you're addicted to (for example drugs or alcohol) unless you do something illegal.
  • Forces you to import or export drugs.

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Michael just moved to Iceland after getting a job and housing through his friend Fred. At first, the jobs were part-time jobs cleaning but soon Fred started taking Michael out driving at night to look at houses in different neighborhoods. One night Fred hands Michael a crowbar and challenges him to break into one of the houses. Fred threatens to hurt Michael’s children in his home country if he doesn’t do it. Michael is afraid of Fred so he does it, and soon Michael finds himself frequently breaking into houses chosen by Fred. Despite the fact that Fred takes all the profit from the break-ins, Michael doesn’t dare to object to him because he feels like Fred would hurt him “if he does something stupid”.

Is this abuse?

Multicultural and Information Centre

Immigrants in Iceland can get information about their rights and obligations at the Multicultural Centre.


The Red Cross Helpline 1717 is a dedicated phone and webchat for those who need someone to talk to in confidentiality. They are open 24 hours, and it's free to call.

Stop The Traffik: Iceland

Stop The Traffik: Iceland is an independent organization working towards educating human trafficking victims and the public about the nature of human trafficking, symptoms, and resources.