Malin Roux Johansson, the cofounder and director of Swedish Human Rights NGO Realstars, gave a presentation which focused on deterring the buyers of sexual services, rather than on sex workers or victims of sex trafficking who have been compelled into prostitution.
Increasing housing prices create ideal circumstances for people looking to take advantage of those in need.
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.”
The police in Iceland want increased monitoring of prostitution and websites which advertise sexual services, according to Snorri Birgisson, detective at the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police.
There are indications human trafficking may be connected to sex service in so-called “Champagne clubs” in Reykjavík.
“Given what we’ve heard from our members before we went there, I think it this is in accordance with that—no more, no less,” says Anna Lúðvíksdóttir, leader of the Icelandic chapter of Amnesty International.