Reflection period

The legal basis for granting a victim of THB a reflection period is formulated in Article 59, paragraph 7, of the Residence Act.

If the Foreigners Registration Office deems a person to be a presumed victim of THB, she/he is entitled to receive a three-month reflection period. The reflection period is given to the victim in order to let her/him recover while also providing the victim with sufficient time to decide whether she/he wishes to cooperate with authorities in criminal proceedings. However, this reflection period is not given automatically but depends on whether authorities such as the Police or public prosecutor’s office confirms that a particular case is a case of THB.