What is the problem?

In recent years, several Danish business sectors have faced a number of new challenges in connection with the use of foreign labour, including undeclared work, pressure on working conditions and, at worst case, cases involving human trafficking for forced labour.
This applies especially to business sectors with many unskilled and relatively low-paid foreign workers, for example within the cleaning sector, agriculture and plant nurseries, construction, distribution, hotels and restaurants.

These challenges are particulary prevalent in business sectors with extensive use of Danish or foreign subcontractors, where it may be difficult for a company to gain an overview of the working conditions for workers in remote areas ot outside normal working hours. A company may thus risk being associated with human trafficking for forced labour as a result of a subcontrators´s critical working conditions or because the company has employed a worker guilty of identity theft. 

The price may be high!

The price to be paid for being associated with human trafficking for forced labour may be high. Danish and foreign companies which have been involved in cases of human trafficking for forced labour have experienced media exposure causing great damage to the companie's reputation, and resulting in loss of customers and a significant drop in earnings. This may incidentally result in police investigations with subsequent court cases and convictions.



About the website

These guidelines comprimise a brief guide for companies and employers regarding the risk of human trafficking for forced labour and methods to avoid being associated with such cases. These guidelines, which have been prepared by the Danish Centre against Human Trafficking in consultation with a number of different stakeholders, are an information, risk management and prevention tool.

The guidelines target all sectors and provide information for companies which may risk becoming affected by forced labour.
The checklists include a number of measures which may be taken by companies to reduce the risk of hidden forced labour. They may be regarded as general guidelines and the extent to which the individual points should be implemented obviously depends on the size of the company and the business sector in which it operates.

We simply can not afford not to protect ourselves against hidden forced labor.

Director of larger cleaning company

At the end of the contract, manager came with our pay and everyone could see that it was only half of what we had been promised. 

Romanian woman from the cleaning industry