Human trafficking


It is called human trafficking when a person exploits someone else, e.g. for the purpose of prostitution, work, begging or crime.

The person who is being exploited may be a child, an adult in a vulnerable situation, or an adult who is deceived or subjected to violence, threats or coercion.

Human trafficking involves serious violations of human rights and is prohibited in Norway. 

All the phases of exploitation are prohibited, both the recruitment, transport, the provision of accommodation and receiving the person. People found guilty of human trafficking risk up to ten years' imprisonment.

Are you being exploited for the purpose of prostitution, work, begging or crime?

  • If you are a victim of human trafficking, you can get help from the Norwegian authorities. You can be provided with safe accommodation at a crisis centre or from the child welfare service, and you can also receive guidance and legal assistance to report the matter to the police. If you wish to return home, the organisation IOM (International Organization for Migration) can help you to return safely.
  • If you do not have a residence permit, you can apply for a limited residence permit for victims of human trafficking or for protection (asylum) in Norway.

What kind of residence permit can you be granted in Norway?

Period of reflection

A period of reflection is a residence permit that is valid for six months. It is not renewable. You can be granted such a residence permit to get away from the people who have exploited you and to get back on your feet. You will get help to report the people who exploited you to the police.

Limited residence permit

If it is necessary for you to stay in Norway while the police are investigating the ringleaders, or during the court case, you can be granted a limited residence permit for up to one year. This permit can be renewed if it is necessary for the investigation or the court case.

Residence permits for witnesses in human trafficking cases

If you have testified in a human trafficking case, you can apply for protection (asylum). The UDI will then consider whether you can be granted protection, a residence permit for witnesses in human trafficking cases, or a residence permit on grounds of strong humanitarian considerations.

Protection (asylum)

If you are a victim of human trafficking, you can apply for protection (asylum).

If you have been granted a period of reflection or a limited residence permit, you can apply for protection (asylum) at a later time.

If you have applied for asylum, you can withdraw your asylum application and apply for a period of reflection instead.You can ask the UDI to consider your asylum application at a later time.

If you have children in Norway, they can also be granted such a residence permit.

Who can help you?

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