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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 10 REYKJAVIK 000031 SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR EUR/NB, G/TIP, G-Laura Pena, INL, DRL, PRM, EUR/PGI STATE PASS USAID E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KTIP KCRM PHUM KWMN SMIG KFRD ASEC PREF ELAB KMCA IC SUBJECT: ICELAND: 2010 ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (TIP) REPORT REF: A) 09 STATE 2094 REYKJAVIK 00000031 001.3 OF 010 SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED -- ENTIRE TEXT ¶1. (SBU) Summary: In 2009 Iceland took significant steps to combat trafficking in persons. The Government of Iceland, for the first time, prosecuted alleged trafficking violators on TIP specific charges. In addition, the government passed and began to implement the country's first anti-TIP national action plan. The parliament also passed legislation that aligns Iceland's legal definition on human trafficking with that of the Palermo Protocol, thus paving the way for possible ratification of the protocol this year. Iceland is a country of destination and transit for trafficked women (primarily in the sex industry) and to a lesser extent for men (restaurant and construction industry). It is not believed to be a source country and there are no current indications of trafficking within Iceland. Most alleged cases include underpaid and/or mistreated workers in nightclubs and massage parlors as well as prostitutes trafficked from Eastern Europe, Africa, Brazil, and Southeast Asia. The government provided trafficking victims and witnesses with police protection and social assistance. End Summary. ¶2. (SBU) Embassy point of contact on the trafficking in persons (TIP) issue is Political Officer Josh Rubin, tel. +354-562-9100x2294, fax +354-562-9139, unclassified e-mail RubinJN@state.gov. Hours spent on preparation: - Pol Officer (FS 03) 25 hrs - Pol Assistant 51 hrs - A/DCM 5 hrs Total: 81 hrs Begin text of submission: ¶3. (SBU) THE COUNTRY'S TIP SITUATION: -- A. The amount of information available and the attention focused on the TIP problem in Iceland increased dramatically this year, due in large part to several high profile TIP cases. The media reported extensively on the subject, government officials spoke openly about the problem and the NGO community became more engaged on the topic. Most information regarding human trafficking remains anecdotal in nature. The Icelandic Red Cross published a comprehensive report in August on the human trafficking problem in Iceland. The report claimed that there were at least 59 and possibly as many as 128 cases of human trafficking to Iceland in the past three years. This estimate, which relied heavily on second-hand information and anecdotes, is the first attempt to quantify the trafficking problem in Iceland. The Government of Iceland chose to neither publicly confirm nor dispute these figures. Privately, however, several government officials opined that the figures in the Red Cross report were too high. The government does intend to commission its own analysis of the trafficking situation in Iceland in the near future. Extensive media reporting on TIP issues occurred during the year, most of it related to two high-profile incidents of alleged trafficking that are discussed in question B. Also receiving significant media coverage was the unveiling in March of the country's first comprehensive anti-trafficking action plan and a government-sponsored TIP symposium that took place in October. Media coverage of these incidents and events was generally accurate and objective. -- B. Iceland is a country of destination and transit for trafficked women (primarily in the sex industry) and to a lesser extent for men (restaurant and construction industry). It is not believed to be a source country and there are no current indications of trafficking within Iceland. Post sources agree that, with rare exceptions, victims are trafficked primarily to the greater Reykjavik metropolitan area. REYKJAVIK 00000031 002.3 OF 010 The Red Cross report, mentioned earlier in question A, posits that 70 percent of all trafficking victims in Iceland are associated with the sex industry. Most alleged cases include underpaid and/or mistreated workers in nightclubs and massage parlors as well as prostitutes trafficked from Eastern Europe, Africa, Brazil, and Southeast Asia. Nightclub and massage parlor workers -- who are allegedly forced to work as prostitutes -- may stay for several months before being trafficked onward, while other prostitutes may spend only a few days in Reykjavik before being moved abroad. Two high profile incidents relating to sex trafficking occurred in Iceland this year. -- In October 2009, prosecutors indicted Catalina Ncogo, an Icelandic citizen of Equatorial Guinean origin, on charges of human trafficking, profiting from prostitution as a third party, and drug smuggling. Ncogo was accused of deceiving another woman, a compatriot from Equatorial Guinea, into coming to Iceland for a vacation and then holding her captive for a number of months. The trafficking indictment was the first charge of this nature in Iceland. On December 1 the Reykjanes District Court acquitted Ncogo of the human trafficking charge, but convicted her on the charges of profiting from prostitution and drug smuggling. She was sentenced to two years in jail but she appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. In addition, the State Prosecutor appealed the not guilty verdict on trafficking charges to the Supreme Court. Two days later, Ncogo was arrested again on charges of trafficking in a separate case. She remains in custody and no trial date has been set for either of her pending cases. -- Five Lithuanian men were indicted in the District Court of Reykjanes in January 2010 on charges of human trafficking. The men were accused of bringing a 19-year-old girl from Lithuania to Iceland with the intention of sexually exploiting her. The Reykjanes Police uncovered the plot upon the woman's arrival in country and she was quickly placed under 24-hour protective surveillance. The alleged perpetrators have remained under police custody since their arrest in October. The five Lithuanian men, as well as one Icelander who was also later indicted on charges of human trafficking relating to the incident, were tried in court and a verdict is pending. Reports of labor exploitation of foreign construction workers (in rare cases, possibly trafficked to Iceland) have decreased dramatically in the past few years. Undocumented foreign workers - mostly Baltic and Eastern European - in Iceland's construction and manufacturing sector may be exploited, but most sources believe that these are cases of immigrant and employment law violations rather than trafficking in persons. Press accounts of such cases have drastically decreased during the reporting period compared to previous years; probably because the demand for such workers has decreased in the wake of Iceland's financial and economic crisis. There was no evidence of trafficking in children. -- C. With regard to sex trafficking, most alleged cases include underpaid and/or mistreated workers in nightclubs and massage parlors. Nightclub dancers are allegedly encouraged, and possibly obligated, to provide sexual services during performances in private rooms as well as to make prostitution calls outside the clubs. Foreign prostitutes brought to Iceland for shorter periods of time are allegedly required to provide sexual services in hotels or private apartments, where they stay during their time in the country. Reports of undocumented foreign workers living in industrial space and less-than-optimal living conditions have mostly vanished from Icelandic news reports. Many of the Eastern European and Baltic citizens who came to Iceland in search of employment appear to have returned to their home countries in the wake of the financial and economic crisis that hit Iceland in October 2008. -- D. Women from Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, Brazil, and Southeast Asia, involved in the sex industry, appear to be the primary victims of TIP in Iceland. REYKJAVIK 00000031 003.3 OF 010 -- E. Traffickers in Iceland tend to operate in small groups, either independently or with ties to larger organized crime syndicates. A February 2009 report by the National Police Commissioner confirmed the existence of organized prostitution in Iceland. The report went on to suggest that Icelandic criminal elements likely serve as local agents for foreign organized crime rings who may be financing prostitution operations. Traffickers in Iceland, the report concluded, are also likely connected with dealers of illegal narcotics. Traffickers allegedly take advantage of international laws to transport their victims into and out of Iceland. Iceland is in the Schengen Zone as well as the European Economic Area (EEA), which allows for the free passage of travelers and workers between Iceland and other European countries. Workers from EEA countries may come to Iceland visa-free for up to three months to seek employment. Traffickers reportedly use this provision to bring prostitutes to the country and then move them again before the expiration of the three-month period, thereby removing the need for false documents or fraudulent work permit applications. There are no reports of travel or employment agencies or marriage brokers acting as fronts for traffickers. ¶4. (SBU) SETTING THE SCENE FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S ANTI-TIP EFFORTS: -- A. The government of Iceland has acknowledged that trafficking is a worldwide problem from which Iceland is not immune. Several of Iceland's highest officials have spoken publicly about the problem. Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson opened a government-sponsored symposium on human trafficking by declaring the GOI's unwavering support for the fight against human trafficking. He stressed that TIP was a problem in the country and a top priority for the government. Noting that the GOI has already drafted and issued a national anti-TIP action plan, the Minister said ratifying the Palermo Protocol during the current parliamentary season was imperative. More than 100 people attended the symposium which was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights on October 30. Earlier, in March, the Minister of Social Affairs at the time, Asta Ragnheidur Johannesdottir, acknowledged that trafficking was a problem when she presented the first Icelandic anti-TIP action plan to parliament. At that time, she said, "Human trafficking is one of the most appalling forms of transnational organized crime and it is very important to capture the traffickers and provide trafficking victims with protection and assistance. The government's message [with this action plan] is clear; human trafficking will not be tolerated here." The action plan includes several key steps including: criminalizing the buying of sex; banning and outlawing strip clubs; granting temporary residence permits to TIP victims and establishing an expert anti-TIP team to oversee TIP issues in Iceland. Several of these steps have been implemented but most are not yet in force. The government hopes to have them all enacted by the end of 2012 (see section 5 (Prevention) for details on what has been done). -- B. On October 1, the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs became the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and, at the same time, it became the lead agency for TIP issues, taking over from the Ministry of Social Affairs. Institutions and agencies under the Ministry of Justice that share TIP responsibilities include: the Directorate of Immigration, the State Prosecutor's Office, and the National Commissioner of Police and local police forces. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Social Affairs (including the Equal Rights Office and Directorate of Labor) are also involved in anti-trafficking efforts. -- C. In previous years, lack of a detailed understanding of the problem of human trafficking was an obstacle to moving forward on the issue. A previous Minister of Justice famously stated that drafting an anti-TIP action plan was not that urgent and that concrete actions spoke louder than words. This attitude has changed, REYKJAVIK 00000031 004.3 OF 010 however, with the increased attention that the matter is receiving in the media. The fight against TIP is now on the radar screen and the current government is taking active steps to combat the problem. The major obstacle to combating TIP is now funding and resources, especially for law enforcement. The country's entire local and national police forces are comprised of only 834 individuals (as of February 1, 2009). While law enforcement officials note that there are many advantages to operating with such a small police force, there are also obvious limits on the amount of resources that can be devoted specifically to the problem of TIP. To compound the problem, Iceland's already stretched law enforcement resources are shrinking in the wake of the economic crisis that began in October 2008. Corruption does not pose a problem for TIP resources in Iceland. According to government officials, funding for TIP victim assistance is also not a problem in Iceland. Government officials noted, however, that funding for trafficking victims is currently drawn from a general "foreigners in need" funding allotment and not from a TIP specific allotment. -- D. There is no systematic monitoring or reporting by the government of its anti-trafficking efforts. According to officials at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, however, the Government of Iceland provides some self-reporting on the trafficking situation via the mandatory reports that it submits to UN bodies and to the International Organization for Migration. These reports are publically accessible. According to the anti-TIP action plan, however, the Specialist and Coordination Team for Human Trafficking intends to introduce a registration system concerning possible TIP cases in Iceland. This registry will be used to monitor the status of human trafficking in Iceland and trends that occur in this arena. The general findings and statistics from this effort will be made available to Icelandic authorities and international organizations. -- E. The National Register of Persons is a register of all those who have been domiciled in Iceland since 1952. The registered items include ID number, name, domicile, citizenship, previous countries of citizenship, country of origin, etc. In addition, all changes to an individual's civil status are maintained, among them birth, baptism, marital status, domicile, death, etc. All residents of Iceland, both Icelandic and foreign, are registered in the National Register of Persons. Only tourists, whether on tourist visa or not, are not registered. --F. Law enforcement information is generally accessible to the government and the two sides cooperate well on combating trafficking. Law enforcement officials maintain records on the number of reported trafficking incidents, subsequent investigations and indictments. The Icelandic Specialist and Coordination Team for Human Trafficking has access to this information and, if needed, could comprehensively assess law enforcement efforts. ¶5. (SBU) INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF TRAFFICKERS: -- A. Iceland passed legislation on March 10, 2003 specifically prohibiting the trafficking of persons. In December 2009, parliament amended the legislation and updated slightly the definition of what qualifies as trafficking in Iceland. The Icelandic definition of trafficking is now aligned with that of the Palermo Protocol. The government says that this will pave the way for ratification of the protocol in 2010. Some experts also believe that the amended language could make convictions easier to achieve. The full text of Article 227a of Iceland's General Penal Code outlawing trafficking in persons now states: Anyone becoming guilty of the following acts, one or more, for the purpose of sexually abusing a person or for forced labor or to remove his/her organs shall be punished for human trafficking with up to 8 years imprisonment: ¶1. Procuring, removing, handing over, removing, housing or accepting someone who has been subjected to unlawful force under Art. 225 or REYKJAVIK 00000031 005.3 OF 010 deprived of freedom as per Art. 226 or threat as per Art. 233 or unlawful deception by awakening, strengthening or exploiting his/her lack of understanding of the person concerned about circumstances or by exploiting the wretched condition of the person concerned. ¶2. Procuring, removing, handing over, housing or accepting an individual younger than 18 years of age. ¶3. Rendering payment or other gain in order to acquire the approval for the abuse from a person who has the power over the actions of another person. The same penalty shall be applied to a person accepting payment or other gain according to clause 3, para. 1. If a child is violated against, as per para. 1, then this shall be taken into account to make the sentence more severe. The same penalty shall be applied to a person who is guilty of the following acts, one or more, that are intended to facilitate human trafficking: ¶1. Falsifying travel and identification documents. ¶2. Aiding and abetting the procurement of such identification, either directly or indirectly. ¶3. Withholding, removing, damaging, or destroying the travel and identification documents of another person. The law covers both internal and transnational forms of trafficking. The government has, in the past, prosecuted trafficking-related cases under the General Penal Code Articles 57 and 155, which outlaw alien smuggling and document forgery, respectively. -- B. Trafficking of persons for sexual exploitation is punishable by up to eight years in prison. -- C. Trafficking of persons for forced labor is punishable by up to eight years in prison. The law explicitly outlaws the confiscation of passports or travel documents. It also outlaws the exploitation of a person's lack of knowledge or wretched conditions. (The law can be found, in its entirety, under question A of this section). -- D. Rape is punishable by up to 16 years in prison, but actual sentences are generally range from only one to three years' imprisonment. The maximum penalty for TIP violators is 8 years of imprisonment but there have been no guilty verdicts yet handed out, so actual penalties for TIP violations are unknown. It is not possible, at this time, to compare the actual penalties prescribed for rape violators to those prescribed for TIP violators. However, two current cases involving alleged TIP violators are ongoing. If the accused are found guilty, the actual sentences handed down by the courts would give the first indication of how penalties for these two crimes compare. -- E. Police conducted three investigations during the reporting period. The government prosecuted a total of eight individuals on charges of trafficking stemming from these investigations. One individual was found not guilty of the trafficking charges (although she was found guilty of profiting from prostitution as a third party and drug smuggling) and the remaining seven indictments are still pending. (The full details regarding these investigations and indictments can be found in section 1, question B). -- F. Students from the Icelandic National Police College annually participate in classes held by the Sudurnes Commissioner of Police and Customs that include instruction on recognizing and investigating human trafficking issues. During the reporting period, an OSCE representative, who specializes in TIP issues, participated in the instruction. Additionally, senior Keflavik International Airport officials and border police have been funded by the government to attend anti-trafficking courses abroad, e.g. at the European Police Academy, as well as conferences on TIP sponsored by, for example, the OSCE, FRONTEX, and the Nordic Council of Ministers. --G. During the reporting period, the Sudurnes police district (that includes Keflavik International Airport) cooperated with Lithuanian police authorities on a prominent TIP case involving the trafficking of a young Lithuanian woman. The Sudurnes Police also REYKJAVIK 00000031 006.3 OF 010 cooperated with INTERPOL and EUROPOL on this case. The Metropolitan police cooperated with Spanish authorities on the TIP case involving a trafficking violator of Equatorial Guinean descent. The assistance of Spanish authorities became necessary when it was determined that two of the purported victims in that case were Spanish citizens (additional details regarding these two cases can be found in section 1, question B). -- H. Iceland has not been asked to extradite a trafficking suspect to another country. Icelandic law does not permit extradition of Icelandic nationals, and no changes to the law are currently planned. -- I. No; not applicable. -- J. There is no evidence of government officials being involved in trafficking, and no government officials have ever been investigated, prosecuted or convicted for such activity. -- K. Iceland does not have a military. However, it has deployed civilian personnel to UN and NATO operations as peacekeepers under the auspices of the Icelandic Crisis Response Unit (ICRU), a division of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The MFA has imposed a code of conduct for ICRU personnel specifically banning involvement in TIP or the purchase of sexual services while abroad. There were no allegations of any such behavior by ICRU personnel. -- L. There is no identified problem of child sex tourism in Iceland nor are there any reports of Icelanders operating as child sex perpetrators. ¶6. (SBU) PROTECTION AND ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS: -- A. There is no specific provision in the law guaranteeing government protection to TIP victims and witnesses. In practice, however, the government has provided this service when the situation warrants. The most notable example of this occurred in the case involving a Lithuanian victim (full details regarding the case can be found in Section A, part B). In that instance the victim, upon arrival, was immediately placed under 24-hour protective police surveillance. The victim remains under police surveillance at the end of the reporting period. In addition, at least one witness in the case, and a second witness in a different case, were also placed under police surveillance. -- B. There are no government-run victim care facilities that are specifically dedicated to assisting TIP victims. In the past, however, purported TIP victims have been received by the Women's Shelter in Reykjavik. The shelter is run independently from the government but, like most organizations in Iceland, it relies heavily on government funding. The 2010 state budget allocates IKR 40.2 million ($321,600) to the Women's Shelter. Foreign victims have the same access to this shelter as domestic TIP victims. In addition, the government has demonstrated the capacity to provide a private domicile in unique individual instances. This notably occurred in the case of a Lithuanian trafficking victim (full details in Section 1, question A). The victim, shortly upon her arrival in country, was placed in a private domicile for safety concerns. The victim remains in this private domicile at the end of the reporting period. There is no specialized care center for male victims, however, they may avail themselves of general social services. The national and local governments may also refer male victims to NGOs that provide food, shelter, legal advice, and health care. In cases involving unaccompanied children, municipal and state child protection services are responsible for assistance. -- C. According to a regulation that the Minister of Health approved in December, TIP victims are now entitled to free medical care even if they are not covered by Icelandic medical insurance. Prior to this change, trafficking victims were provided with free access to the medical system via a provision that governs general victims' protection. REYKJAVIK 00000031 007.3 OF 010 The general victims' protection law is currently used to provide victims of trafficking with free legal services. Under this law, all victims are appointed a legal counsel that can guide the victim thrugh the Icelandic legal process and inform victimsregarding their rights. This counsel can also ac as the victim's attorney should the victim requre legal representation in court. There are no sychological services that are specific to trafficing victims. Trafficking victims, however, reguarly utilize the services of the Icelandic Counseing and Information Center for Survivors of Sexul Violence (Stigamot). The center is run indepedently from the government but, like most organizaions in Iceland, it relies heavily on governmentfunding. The 2010 state budget allocates IKR 33.2 million ($265,600) to Stigamot. -- D. The government, through the Directorate of Immigration, granted a temporary residence permit on humanitarian grounds to at least one TIP victim during the reporting period. This was done in the case of a 19-year-old Lithuanian trafficking victim in a prominent case. The government also intends to present a bill to parliament in the immediate future that will create a temporary residence permit system that is specific to victims of trafficking. The permit will grant residency status for a six-month reflection period to any individual if there is the mere suspicion that the victim was trafficked. A second permit, valid for one year with the opportunity to renew, will also be made available to victims that cooperate with the government or have particularly compelling circumstances. -- E. There is no specific legal provision for long-term government assistance to TIP victims. Trafficking victims, however, may avail themselves of the numerous social service programs that exist in Iceland. These programs are available to those members of society who need assistance in rebuilding their lives. -- F. There is no official referral process to transfer victims from protective custody to institutions that provide short- or long-term care. In practice, however, an informal system appears to be functioning effectively. The Women's Shelter and the Women's Counseling Center (Stigamot) in Reykjavik reported close relations with the local police force and stated that victims are generally informed by law enforcement officials regarding the social services available to them. While not officially transferred to the Women's Shelter or the Counseling Center, victims are generally pointed in those directions. The anti-TIP action plan, however, calls for the formation of a more stringent referral system. One of the action items entitled "The Rules of Procedures for the Police," states that the police should establish rules of procedure for contacting and dealing with alleged victims of human trafficking. These standardized procedures should ensure that all alleged victims are informed of the remedies available to assist them. -- G. In the three formal TIP investigations that occurred during this reporting period, there were three trafficking victims identified--one in each case. All of these individuals were victims of sexual exploitation and all received varying degrees of social services. The Government of Iceland, however, does not produce official statistics regarding the total number of trafficking victims and it is possible that other victims exist. -- H. The government does not have a formal system to proactively identify victims of trafficking. The police, however, have received "passenger analysis" training that they employ at the airports. It is this technique that is, in part, credited with identifying the Lithuanian trafficking victim at Keflavik International Airport. In addition, the government is working to design a checklist for customs and law enforcement officials that can be used to assist in identifying potential trafficking victims. Prostitution is legal in Iceland, however, the advertisement of prostitution, the purchasing of sex and profiting from prostitution REYKJAVIK 00000031 008.3 OF 010 as a third party are all illegal. There is, therefore, no legal or regulated commercial sex trade in Iceland. Those law enforcement officers who most regularly deal with the country's illegal sex industry have received TIP-specific training and are cognizant of the need to protect victims' rights. -- I. The rights of trafficking victims are generally respected. While no individual specifically identified as a trafficking victim was detained or jailed, it is not uncommon for alleged immigration violators or alleged violators of sex-industry laws to be detained. Unidentified TIP victims may have been included in those detained. -- J. The government encourages victims to assist in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking. Victims may file civil suits or seek legal action against traffickers and there are no impediments to their access to legal redress. There is also no specific provision in the law to prevent a material witness in a court case against a former employer from obtaining other employment or leaving the country. While there is no specific restitution program for victims of trafficking in persons, such a program exists for victims of violence and may be applicable for TIP victims. -- K. The government provides its officials with TIP specific training. All employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received TIP training organized by Iceland's Specialist and Coordination Team for Human Trafficking. The training was designed to underscore the importance of the trafficking problem and to increase awareness among government officials regarding the issue. As Iceland is not a source country for TIP victims, there have been no victims assisted by Icelandic diplomats and consular personnel abroad during the reporting period. -- L. There have been no such cases identified in the reporting period. While repatriated nationals would benefit from the same social safety net as any other Icelander, there are no programs specifically for victims of trafficking. -- M. No international organizations or NGOs worked with trafficking victims in Iceland during the reporting period. As mentioned earlier, however, local NGOs were active. ¶7. (SBU) PREVENTION: -- A. There were no specific anti-TIP information or education campaigns conducted in Iceland this year. In previous years, the government-funded Women's Counseling Center (Stigamot) conducted information campaigns against rape and the purchasing of sexual services. The campaigns were targeted at men and had the goal of reducing the demand for the purchase of sexual services. These campaigns, however, were not utilized this year. According to the new anti-TIP action plan the government plans to launch a similar educational campaign in 2010 that will also be directed at the buyers of prostitution services, pornography and other kinds of sex services. Another stated goal of the action plan is to prepare a comprehensive educational program for professionals and for public employees who, in their work, deal with human trafficking. -- B. The government monitors immigration and emigration patterns for evidence of trafficking. In addition, the government screens for potential trafficking victims at Keflavik International Airport, the country's sole international airport. -- C. In November, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights appointed the Specialist and Coordination Team for Human Trafficking in accordance with the new anti-TIP action plan. The Coordination Team is the primary mechanism for interagency coordination and is responsible for supervising all matters regarding human trafficking in Iceland. The team consists of members from all the relevant agencies and also includes representatives from those NGOs that provide aid to TIP victems (including the Women's Counseling Center and the Women's Shelter). The various law enforcement agencies are also represented on the Coordination Team. REYKJAVIK 00000031 009.3 OF 010 In addition, there is a Ministry of Justice appointed coordination group on foreigner issues that regularly discusses TIP issues as part of its agenda. The group consists of the National Police Commissioner, members of the Metropolitan Police, the Sudurnes Police Commissioner (covering Keflavik International Airport) and the Directorate of Immigration. -- D. The Icelandic parliament approved the adoption of the first Icelandic national plan of action to address TIP in March 2009. The action plan is divided into the following nine chapters: ¶1. Ratification of international treaties and harmonization of Icelandic legislation. ¶2. Specialist and co-ordination team and the supervision of affairs concerning human trafficking. ¶3. Education to professionals and public officials. ¶4. Protection of victims and aid to victims. ¶5. Police provisions and investigation into alleged trafficking in humans. ¶6. Actions against demand in the prostitution and pornography industry. ¶7. International co-operation. ¶8. Proactive search and emergency phone numbers. ¶9. Registration of information and intelligence gathering. Several of the goals recommended in the report have been enacted but the majority of them are not yet in force. The government hopes to have them all enacted by the end of 2012. So far, the government has either achieved or made significant progress on the following goals from the national action plan: appointed the Specialist and Coordination Team; criminalized the buying of sexual services; aligned the legal definition of human trafficking with that of the Palermo Protocol (but ratification of the protocol is still pending); provided TIP victims with legal counsel; submitted a bill to parliament that would prohibit any kind of nude shows in places of entertainment; and submitted a bill to parliament on a code of conduct that would make clear that the purchase of sex services by any Icelandic Government representative will not be tolerated. -- E: In April, parliament passed a law criminalizing the buying of sexual services. While prostitution remains legal in Iceland, it is now illegal to purchase sexual services, profit from prostitution as a third party or advertise prostitution services. Criminalizing the purchasing of sexual services was one of the goals explicitly stated in the new action plan against human trafficking. In addition, over the past several years, the government has taken legal measures to reduce the number of strip clubs operating in Iceland. Post sources believe this to be important as they claim that strip clubs are the predominant loci of prostitution and TIP cases. At the end of the reporting period, five or fewer strip clubs remained in operation in the whole country. Although legislation effectively outlaws strip shows, the owners of these remaining clubs were apparently able to exploit loopholes in the law on the operations of entertainment establishments to remain in operation. -- F. There have been no government actions taken to reduce the participation of Icelandic nationals in international child sex tourism. There were no cases during the reporting period in which Icelandic nationals were alleged to have participated in child sex tourism. -- G. Not applicable. ¶8. (SBU) PARTNERSHIPS: -- A. The government has cooperated on TIP issues with the OSCE, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Council of Baltic Sea States (Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings), and the Nordic Council of Ministers. The government also sponsored an international symposium on human trafficking in October, the first of its kind in Iceland. The OSCE's deputy TIP official participated in the symposium. More than 100 people attended the symposium which was sponsored by the Ministry of REYKJAVIK 00000031 010.3 OF 010 Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. In addition, Embassy Reykjavik and G/TIP organized a DVC with Icelandic government officials, NGOs representatives, and police officials in January. -- B. The Icelandic government annually provides financial assistance earmarked for TIP field projects in a specific developing country via the OSCE. The OSCE handles the details of the project and advises the Icelandic government where to send the assistance. In 2009, Iceland contributed ISK 3.1 million ($24,800) to Azerbaijan through the OSCE. WATSON