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Champagne Clubs Suspected of Selling Sex

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Champagne Clubs Suspected of Selling Sex

Reykjavík with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There are indications human trafficking may be connected to sex service in so-called “Champagne clubs” in Reykjavík, RÚV reports. This view is expressed in a new report about organized crime in Iceland from the research department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.

The report notes there are several signs prostitution prospers around these places, which count at least five in the metropolitan area. Oftentimes, according to the report, there are foreign girls involved. It is unknown whether they are transported to the country against their will or hindered from traveling freely.

The girls are, reportedly, unwilling to cooperate with police, thus, hindering the progress of investigation. Border control agents have revealed the suspicion that some foreign women enter the country with the sole purpose of practicing prostitution. The research department believes prostitution is on the rise, especially in the greater Reykjavík area.

It is believed that demand for prostitution services rises as the stream of tourists to the country increases. Recent information suggests that foreign prostitutes seek clients at hotels in Reykjavík. In some cases, girls working at Champagne clubs are involved. Since 2013, 52 individuals have been charged for purchasing sex. All cases but one involved Icelanders.

No information is available indicating the existence of human trafficking related to sex services outside the metropolitan area.

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