Norwegian asylum centres reported to the police that they have information about five unaccompanied children who were forced into prostitution and other sexual services.
“There could be more unreported cases when it comes to the number of possible victims of human trafficking – the numbers we have are based on manual reports. Many unaccompanied minor asylum seekers came to Norway last autumn and so far this year, we have not registered any reports that unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in the centres have prostituted themselves,” Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) press spokesman John Olav said.
Accourding to the report of Fafo Research Foundation a Norwegian asylum centre’s staff were incapable to do anything when a 16-year-old girl was taken away and forced to sell sex in the nearest town.
“If 16-year-olds are prostituting themselves, CPS should take action, precisely because UDI is unable to. The local child welfare office must consider taking [the victim into] protective custody,” Guri Tyldum, one of the researchers behind the Fafo report, said.
Other asylum centres in Denmark and Sweden also called the press attention that the number of prostitutes among underage asylum seekers are getting rise.