Union directors are calling on Icelandic authorities to address the growing problem of human trafficking and social dumping in Iceland.
The US Department of State’s yearly trafficking report states Iceland could be doing more to combat the practice.
The restaurant's lawyer has confirmed that it has been closed since RÚV's report, as no customers have wanted to show up.
Trade union Eining-Iðja has completed its investigation of the Chinese restaurant Sjanghæ in Akureyri, concluding that its staff does get paid according to wage contracts.
The owner of the Chinese restaurant Sjanghæ in Akureyri, north Iceland, is suspected of human trafficking.
Two Romanian men, who sought the assistance of the Red Cross as soon as they entered Iceland at the weekend, are having their case investigated by police.
A new department for organized crime at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police is investigating suspected cases of human trafficking in Iceland, especially in the construction and tourism industries. The department has hired a special investigator for such cases.
Detective Snorri Birgisson, who heads the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking division, told RÚV that prostitution in Iceland has increased considerably in recent years.
“We see numerous cases of prostitution being practiced in rental apartments, such as those listed with Airbnb.”
According to a report by the US Department of State, published in June, Iceland is a destination and a transit country for women subjected to sex trafficking, and people of both sexes who are victims of labor trafficking.
Police in the Greater Reykjavík area are investigating allegations of human trafficking in connection with the Icelandic Association of the Deaf.
There are an estimated 400 people living in slavery in Iceland, according to the Global Slavery Index, published today.
Police are investigating the case of a woman who appears to have been the victim of human trafficking at Adam Hotel in Reykjavík.
Foreign workers of a contracting firm under investigation for massive tax fraud, sought help at the Embassy of Poland in Reykjavík last Friday after electricity had been cut off from the building in which they resided.
An extensive police investigation of tax and accounting fraud in the construction business, which led to the arrests of nine people last week, is now focusing on human trafficking as well.
Two sisters from Sri Lanka, who are strongly suspected of being victims of forced labor in Vík í Mýrdal, have left the country.
Fréttablaðið reports that a third woman is believed to be a victim in the human trafficking case in Vík í Mýrdal.
Head of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, Gylfi Arnbjörnsson, says the number of violations against employees has increased rapidly in Iceland.
According to the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, there are around 20 suspected trafficking cases in Iceland each year.
The Directorate of Immigration suspects children are being brought to Iceland under false pretenses.
There are indications human trafficking may be connected to sex service in so-called “Champagne clubs” in Reykjavík.
There are cases in Iceland of marriage of convenience where the immigrant spouse, most often a woman, is a victim of human trafficking.