Campaign against forced prostitution tries guilting pimps, traffickers


Anonymous crime hotline Meld Misdaad Anoniem launched a new campaign against forced prostitution, loverboys and other forms of human trafficking on Tuesday. It is aimed at clients and aid givers who work with minors or mentally disabled people.

The , titled It could be your daughter... in the grip of a loverboy", is primarily online, but leaflets will also be handed out.

Titus Visser of the crime hotline told broadcaster NOS that the aim of the campaign is to create awareness in people who may come in contact with someone forced into prostitution. "We provide information about signs that may indicate prostitution. If people see these signs, we call on them to report it." he said.

The chance that a victim of forced prostitution will report the abuse herself is very small. But people around the victim may notice the signs and can report it, anonymously if they prefer.

Signals of forced prostitution to watch out for are whether the girl is anxious, possibly underage, has visible wounds, is under the influence or scared of her loverboy, works without a condom, is difficult to communicate with or works in an isolated place.