Commiting a crime against your will

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

  • Sends you to different places to produce or sell drugs.
  • Forces you to beg, steal, 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 (like drugs or alcohol) unless you do something illegal.
  • Forces you to import or export drugs.

A 112 team member is a neutral individual who helps you if you have any knowledge of human trafficking examples. Contact us now.

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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 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 does not 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 does not dare to object him because he feels like Fred would hurt him or his family “if he does something stupid”.

Is this abuse?

Available support

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Icelandic Human Rights Centre

At the Icelandic Human Rights Centre, immigrants can get free legal counsel.


The police in Iceland help people who have suffered abuse of any kind. Police see abuse in close relationships as a very serious matter.

Multicultural Information Centre

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

Forced begging

It is human trafficking when someone forces another person to beg for money in public for their own benefit.