Anti-Smuggling Training Seminar for Diplomats in Finland November 2015

Anti-smuggling training seminar for diplomats in Finland.
Date: November 30, 2015

Location: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Laivastokatu 22 A, Helsinki

Organizer: International Organization for Migration, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Council of the Baltic States on November 30, 2015 organized a diplomatic and consular training seminar on smuggling offenses in Finland. Project managers Dr. Yang Jinghui and Mikko Törnqvist attended this training seminar as part of a project funded by the RAY Foundation for the Help of Victims of Human Smuggling. At the invitation of the education provider, Dr. Yang Jinghui chaired two panel discussions. Kristina Pingoud, Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an official of the Council of the Baltic States, spoke first. He said that there are currently around 30 million victims of smuggling offenses. In Finland, the anti-smuggling work report is the responsibility of the secretary of the Anti-Discrimination Letters and Telephone Office. Link: Reporter Business Special anti-smuggling responsibility is the responsibility of the National Anti-Smuggling Coordinator (currently Veli-Pekka Rautava) of the Ministry of the Interior. . The state aid scheme to help the victims of human trafficking is organized by the Joutseno Refugee Reception Center. Outside Finland there is a Committee of Experts on Smuggling in the Council of the Baltic States. Guideline 2011/36 / EC on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in the European Union. The United Nations is using the Palermo Agreement to combat trafficking in human beings, especially women and children. There are many types of human trafficking offenses, and forced prostitution and sexual exploitation are the most common. However, many companies, such as agriculture, restaurants and services, are also involved in labor trafficking. Anniina Jokinen of the Baltic National Council's Professional Committee Against Smuggling stated that all these forms of human trafficking offense are common in Finland, although many Finns find this unbelievable. Anniina Jokinen told that the smuggling of the population is very hidden. Victims and criminals do not want to contact the authorities. Victims usually do not know the information and have no social connection. They trust the criminals and feel fear and shame. Trusting in crime can be financial or emotional. This prevents ordinary Finnish citizens from seeing people smuggling. Unfortunately, there is also an incredible culture of smuggling and misunderstanding of people in Finnish society, which corresponds to its normal exploitation. Anniina Jokinen pointed out that many Finnish police and prosecutors have even refused to believe that there is a crime of human smuggling in Finland. In addition, they insist that the offender is suspected of having evidence of physical control over the victim and do not believe that the offender can handle the victim in a more gentle manner. There is racial discrimination in Finland: although the victim only receives 500 euros a month, he or she still earns more than his or her home country, and there is no reason for victims to be treated in the same way as Finnish citizens. . Dr Yang Jinghui, who has more than 10 years of experience defending victims of human trafficking crimes in Finland, pointed out in his panel discussion that the lack of sufficient evidence makes it difficult for victims to defend their rights under the law. Dr. Yang stressed that the Finnish police should do more to collect evidence of crimes. Many participants, including senior officials from the Finnish Labor Inspectorate and anti-smuggling experts, argued that the Finnish government should invest more resources in investigating anti-smuggling crimes. We learned from the training that not only immigrants, but also the crime of sexual exploitation against local Finnish women is widespread. In the EU, 65% of victims of sexual abuse crimes are EU citizens. A typical form of crime is that a disguised model company is gradually turning fantasy girls into sex slaves. About 69% of the population that smuggles crime in the EU is sexually abused and 19% labor force. If you suspect that a person may be the victim of a crime of human smuggling or labor exploitation, contact the appropriate authority immediately: You do not need proof of human smuggling when you report your case. Authorities are investigating. Reporting to authorities can help a person avoid years of abuse and lifelong trauma. If the victim is Chinese, you can also contact the Chinese Alliance (SKA): Chinese Alliance Lawyer: Yang Jinghui, Tel: 045 6463235. Email: