Fifty men caught after sex with 16-year-old girl

The police will soon be at the door of about 50 men for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. The police tracked the men using the mobile phone of a so-called "lover boy" in Valkenburg and used condoms.

In late 2014, the police caught a man who had sex with the 16-year-old girl in a hotel in Valkenburg, while the 21-year-old pimp sat on the toilet. The pimp had a mobile phone with him that contained a list of customers. The phone was seized. The police also found a large amount of used condoms. These will be used to identify the the girl's customers.

The girl had been missing since October 8, 2014. A week after the girl went missing, the police caught a customer with the girl in the Valkenburg hotel. The police are investigating whether she had been previously exploited as a prostitute.

According to the Dutch Public Prosecutor, customers are still punishable even if they believed  the girl was of consenting age. The police will question all customers, as witness and suspect. The police and justice will not handle this case discreetly. "Many a marriage partner will be surprised by police at the door," said a spokesperson for the prosecutor. "The woman probably knows nothing. But, for us, sexual exploitation is more serious." The men could face prison sentences.

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