Human trafficking (referred to as both människohandel and trafficking in Swedish) means human trafficking for various purposes, such as for sexual exploitation, forced labour, the removal of organs, etc. Human trafficking can take place both within the borders of a country and across national borders. Trafficking involves both children and adults of both genders. Statutory provisions are found in Chapter 4, Section 1a of the Swedish Penal Code.
Chapter 4, Section 1a of the Swedish Penal Code
A person who, in a case other than those referred to in Section 1, by the use of unlawful coercion, deceit, exploitation of someone’s vulnerable situation or by some other such improper means, recruits, transports, hands over, accommodates or receives a person with the aim that the person should be exploited for sexual purposes, the removal of organs, war service, compulsory work or other activities in a situation that involves a distressful situation for the vulnerable person, shall be sentenced for trafficking in humans to imprisonment for at least two and at most ten years.
A person who commits an act as referred to in the first paragraph against a person who has not attained the age of eighteen should be sentenced for trafficking in humans even where no such improper means as referred to there have been used.
If an offence referred to in the first or second paragraphs is less grave, a sentence of imprisonment for at most four years shall be imposed. Act (2010:371).