Criminalized Victims: When victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation meet Danish authorities

Annick Prieur*, Mette Rømer, Michelle Mildwater

*Corresponding author

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Abstract

The article traces the trajectories of 14 women recognized as victims of trafficking in Denmark,
zooming in on what happened to them after their meetings with Danish authorities. The purpose is to
identify at which junctures and for which reasons many recognized victims end up not receiving the protection
international conventions and Danish law entitle them to. It becomes clear that the Danish state
not only lacks in providing the entitled protection but also adds insult to injury as the victims in several
ways are treated as criminals, due to their status as undocumented immigrants. These findings are discussed
in the light of feminist legal theory and critical criminological perspectives on crimmigration: the
intersection of crime control and immigration control.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRetfærd: Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift
Issue number168
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages14
ISSN0105-1121
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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