Governing labour migration through anti-trafficking?

Spanger, M. (Organizer)

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


The Nordic network ‘What’s law got to do with it? Labour exploitation in the Nordic context’ will in collaboration with Global Refugee Studies AAU Cph, host an open seminar that focuses on governing labour migration through anti-trafficking policies. This seminar explores how human trafficking is not only connected to the sex industry, but also to other industries such as cleaning and construction. Migrants working in different industries experience different forms of exploitation and coercion. How do the state and other actors, such as the trade union, understand these migrant’s work experiences? Are ‘social dumping’ and ‘forced labour’ more applicable concepts? If so, to whom? Additionally, how do the migrants benefit from the policy field of anti-trafficking? PROGRAMME 9.00-9.15: Coffee & rolls 9.15-9.20: Welcome w/ Marlene Spanger 9.30-10.15: Natalia Ollus, HEUNI, FIN: ‘Governing forced labour migration and human trafficking in Finland.’ 10.15-11.00: Annick Prieur, Dept. of Sociology and Social Work, AAU, DEN: ‘What do victims get out of prosecution of human trafficking to prostitution? An analysis of police reported cases in Denmark 2013-2018.’ 11.00-11.15: Break 11.15-12.00: Thomas Laigaard, The Danish Centre against Human Trafficking, Socialstyrelsen, DEN: ‘Victim of Trafficking? The ins and outs of the identification process in Denmark.’ 12.00-13.00: Lunch 13.00-13.45: Bjarke Refslund, Section of Sustainable Production, AAU, DEN: ‘Labour migration, workplace collectivism and trade unions.’ 13.45-14.30: Elaine Larsen, Trade Union 3F: ‘Social dumping and human trafficking within the construction and the transportation industries.’ 14.30-15.15: Nina Sharar and Marlene Spanger, GRS, AAU: ‘The trade union engaging in combatting antitrafficking.’
Period8 Nov 20189 Nov 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationKøbenhavn, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • human trafficking
  • migration
  • labour
  • governance
  • criminalisation
  • Trade Unions