Cities and doctors should make more of an effort to fight human trafficking and to recognize its victims, a new report published on Thursday stated. The report by the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, Corinne Dettmeijer, noted several alarming statistics where she said the country needs to take immediate action.
More needs to be done in the fight against human trafficking, National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against Children Corinne Dettmeijer wrote in a letter to parliament. Her concerns about human trafficking has only grown over the past months as the capacity to fight this heinous crime is reduced, RTL Nieuws reports.
The suspects involved in human trafficking are often young people, according to National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Corinne Dettmeijer. A fifth of these suspects are younger than 23 years old, some are even still underage, NOS reports.
Dettmeijer finds it very concerning that such young people are involved in such serious crimes. The most common variant of human trafficking is prostitution, in which the young perpetrators are mostly so-called "loverboys".
A massive 43 percent of adults convicted of sexually abusing a child get no prison sentence, according to a report by National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children Corinne Dettmeijer. She calls on courts and judges to be clearer in their sentencing.
Between September last year and January this year about 60 Syrian child-brides arrived in the Netherlands, the youngest of which was only 14 years old, according to a report Corinne Dettmeijer, the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children, released on Thursday. In the report Dettmeijer also raises concern about Roma and LGBT children being vulnerable to human trafficking.
Authorities in the Netherlands are not doing enough to tackle the issue of human trafficking. With the information available, the police, Royal Military Police (marechaussee) and labour inspection should be working harder to stem the problem, according to a report from the National Human Trafficking Reporter, which minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice will receive today.