human trafficking

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May 18 '16 09:43

The number of police undercover missions are at a record high, with dozens of undercover officers deployed each year, AD reports based in figures retrieved through the Freedom of Information Act.

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May 11 '16 07:53

The owner of a shoarma cafe in Roosendaal was arrested last week. The Public Prosecutor believes he stands central to an investigation into the funding of the international jihad

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Apr 26 '16 11:50

The city of Utrecht was not in the wrong when it revoked the permit for over 20 prostitution boats and nine window brothels operated by Werga B.V., the Council of State ruled on Tuesday.

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Apr 26 '16 07:54

The Koninklijke Marechaussee - a Dutch policing force that works as a branch of the military - regularly performs border controls that fall outside their jurisdiction. The Marechaussee carries out checks that are actually the responsibility of the National Police, according to research done by Professor Maartje van der Woude of the University of Leiden

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Apr 21 '16 12:50

A majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to make it illegal to have sex with prostitutes that were forced into the profession. Though the parties are still quibbling on how exactly to word such a legislative proposal

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Apr 14 '16 15:31

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.

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Apr 12 '16 12:55

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert wants an extension for NATO's anti-human trafficking mission on the Aegean Sea. The mission is set to end over three months, "but leaving in July would be really premature", Hennis said to broadcaster NOS during a visit to the area.

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Apr 6 '16 15:50

The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as a branch of the Dutch military, found four Iraqi stowaways hiding in the back of a truck in IJmuiden on Wednesday. Two of them were young children. One person was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

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Mar 25 '16 17:05

Two men were arrested in The Hague on suspicion of running a large fake passport ring. According to the Public Prosecutor, they made false passports identity documents on a large scale, which were later used for human trafficking, among other things.

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Mar 11 '16 10:07

A Dutchman on the loose after a conviction in Belgium on sexual abuse and child pornography charges was caught in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday. The arrest happened at about noon local time, reported the Phnom Penh Post based on information from the international task force, Child Protection Unit.

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Mar 10 '16 08:36

The police arrested a fugitive convicted of sex trafficking a coffee shop in Zwolle on Monday. The 44 year old man was convicted of human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution.

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Mar 10 '16 08:23

The Dutch navy ship Zr.MS. Van Amstel was selected to participate in the NATO mission against human trafficking between Turkey and Greece. The ship along with some 150 soldiers will join the mission on the Aegean sea in July, Ministers Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense and Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday

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Feb 25 '16 13:00

The NATO allies agreed on a plan to help Greece and Turkey in the fight against human traffickers smuggling asylum seekers on the Aegean Sea, NATO Secretary General Jens Slotenberg said on Thursday

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Feb 25 '16 12:35

A total of 200 people were arrested on suspicion of human-trafficking related crimes since the controls on Dutch borders were tightened in September. More than 200 thousand people were checked between September and mid-January, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament

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Feb 23 '16 08:11

A European center to fight human trafficking was launched in The Hague on Monday. The center forms part of the European police organization Europol and its main goal is to assist European Union Member States in dismantling human trafficking networks

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Feb 10 '16 11:07

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert supports Germany and Turkey's plan to use NATO against human traffickers in the Aegan Sea near Greece and Turkey. According to her, the asylum crisis is too large to worry about taboos on possible solutions. "That means we have to look at all options. Even if it is maritime deployment within NATO context"

Feb 9 '16 09:52

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

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Feb 8 '16 14:30

The stricter border controls the Netherlands implemented in September are not enough in the fight against human trafficking and the work method for control checks at the Dutch borders is being adjusted. This entails a good chance of more traffic jams, Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff announced on Monday

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Feb 8 '16 13:15

Despite an increase in the number of human trafficking-related arrests, the number of human traffickers actually ending up in jail was at a 10 year low, according to figures newspaper AD got from the Council for the Judiciary.

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Feb 5 '16 08:03

Since the border security and patrols in the Netherlands were strengthened in September, the number of human trafficking arrests increased from an average of 14 per month to an average of 23 per month. A total of 80 suspects were arrested since September

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Feb 2 '16 15:45

The Public Prosecutor demanded four years in prison, six months of which conditionally suspended, against 26 year old Aroetjoen M. from Zeist in court on Tuesday. M. is suspected of forcing a 16 year old girl into prostitution by blackmailing her with naked pictures of herself. He is also suspected of human trafficking, domestic violence and incitement to drug trafficking.

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Feb 1 '16 16:24

Ten undocumented migrants were found hidden in a parked truck in Schaijk, Noord-Brabant on Monday morning. Among them were seven men, two women, and a teenaged child.

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Jan 30 '16 13:53

Some 312 asylum seekers in the Netherlands tried to take their own lives last year, according to figures released by the COA, the agency tasked with handling the reception of those seeking refuge. Another 369 also reportedly attempted “self-destructive actions” like self-mutilation or hunger strikes, the police department reported.

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Jan 22 '16 08:06

The police are deploying four "Flexible Intervention Teams" from Friday to patrol the borders of the Netherlands and around asylum centers with the goal of catching human traffickers in the act

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