Innlandet: Police are introducing additional measures to protect Ukrainian refugees from abuse and trafficking

Police - politi logoPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Innlandet police are introducing several measures to prevent refugees from being exposed to human trafficking, violence, or sexual abuse.

The police are aware that people who have previously been reported for sexual abuse of children have engaged in volunteer work related to transporting refugees from Ukraine.

“We take this (issue) very seriously. We’re increasing our attention directed at this concern and are working actively on measures, both on our own and in collaboration with other agencies,” police chief Johan Brekke in the Innlandet Police District stated.

Preventive work

The police have no information about increased crime as a result of the influx of refugees but are introducing the measures as part of the preventive work.

“We are conducting increased patrols in the district, including places where asylum seekers and vulnerable groups are staying,” Brekke said.

In addition, the police have increased awareness of work-related crime, especially in industries such as cleaning, agriculture, and restaurants.

Brekke says that it is important that asylum seekers register on arrival in Norway, among other things, to be covered by the aid apparatus.

In Innlandet, people can register at the police station in Hamar from April 19, and a registration point will be established at the police stations in Kongsvinger and Lillehammer.

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