human trafficking

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Mar 19 '15 12:04

Limburg is again in the news because of forced underage prostitution. According to the Public Prosecutor, two girls aged 14 and 15 from Kerkrade were forced to work as prostitutes for 6 months, NOS reports. Two men from Heerlen are in custody.

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Mar 5 '15 16:10

At least one person faces deportation from the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, following human trafficking and exploitation controls that were carried out there on Tuesday March 3.

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Feb 27 '15 13:08

The court in Istanbul today sentenced Shaban B. to 7 years and 9 months in a Turkish prison for human trafficking and participation in a criminal organization, NU reports. B. has appealed the ruling

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Feb 20 '15 16:20

The number of people arrested for suspicion of human trafficking in the Netherlands has risen by almost 25 percent from 2013, according to figures released by the Ministry of Security and Justice on Friday.

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Feb 11 '15 13:42

The police in Rotterdam rescued a 15 year old girl from prostitution on Friday. According to the Public Prosecutor, a 20 year old Rotterdam resident has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

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Feb 11 '15 08:45

The police arrested 7 suspects on Tuesday in various locations in the Netherlands and Hungary during an investigation into human trafficking, forced prostitution and money laundering. The police also found two women who they suspect are victims of human trafficking.

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Feb 6 '15 10:28

2,741 (violent) incidents were recorded in Dutch asylum centers in the first 6 months of last year. These include 13 suicides, 80 suicide attempts, 124 intimidations and threats, 47 assaults, 58 missing people, 23 hunger strikes, 4 self-immolations and 10 suspicions of human trafficking. In the first half of 2014 there were about 12 thousand asylum seekers in Dutch centers, that number has doubled in the meantime.

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Dec 16 '14 10:07

Children are increasingly often becoming the victims of crimes such as assault, robbery or vandalism. In 2013, one in five young people aged 15 to 18 was the victim of violence or a crime against property.

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Dec 8 '14 11:13

An action plan second chamber member Naïma Azough is presenting today to state secretary Martin van Rijn (Public Health) suggests that municipalities be given a bigger role in the care for victims of pimps.

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Dec 2 '14 11:26

The Public Prosecutor demanded a prison sentence for a 32 year old man and 26 year old woman from Doetinchem in the court in Arnhem today. The two suspects are suspected of human trafficking.

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Nov 25 '14 22:38

The Dutch Police have arrested over 110 human trafficking offenders in the last six months. The tackle on human trafficking is therefore "effective", wrote Justice Secretary Fred Teeven in a letter to Tweede Kamer on 24 November.

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Oct 28 '14 12:56

Four young men from Amsterdam are in court today for the prolonged prostitution of very young girls, including girls of 14 and 15.

Oct 20 '14 11:17

The police checked 71 prostitutes during the human trafficking action week that took place from October 8th - 14th. Ten of these prostitutes showed signs of human trafficking.

Oct 17 '14 10:30

Men who have sex with prostitutes that have been forced into the role could go to prison for four years if a new bill working its way through Parliament becomes law. Clients who suspect the prostitute is working against her will, but have sex with her anyway, could also be fined up to 20,250 euros.

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Oct 2 '14 15:32

A 55-year-old Dutchman was arrested in his villa in Boliqueime, Portugal suspected of leading an international prostitution network. The man recruited expensive prostitutes in Paris, London and Amsterdam from over the internet to offer to local clients at a premium price.

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Sep 30 '14 13:40

On Tuesday morning September 30th, investigators from the Office of Financial and Economic Investigation and the Amsterdam police arrested two men and one woman (between the ages of 40 and 44 years) on suspicion of fraud. The three suspects are the owners of a hotel business in Amsterdam.

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Sep 24 '14 15:47

European Union police force have made more than a thousand arrests, representing the biggest ever co-ordinated crackdown on organized crime. Operation Archimedest which was coordinated by Europol from The Hague, arrested 1,027 people, including 80 Dutch citizens involved in the theft of luxury cars.

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Sep 24 '14 15:27

A Dutch human trafficker has been arrested in Germany. The 51 year old man brought five Syrian refugees from Italy to Germany.

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Sep 19 '14 13:29

Amsterdam Mayor Ebehard van der Laan decided not to renew the permit of a major prostitution business in the Wallen. This means that 47 window brothels will have to close.

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Aug 22 '14 15:08

On Friday August 15th two men, age 21 and 25, were arrested in Leeuwarden on suspicion of human trafficking. Two women, age 16 and 17, were also arrested for having false travel documentation. All four suspects are of Romanian descent.

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May 16 '14 13:45

Police have controlled around one hundred prostitutes in a national anti-human trafficking operation involving 220 policemen. Six arrests were made in this action, some of which are directly related to human trafficking and illegality.

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May 15 '14 21:31

A proposal by the PVV to hold a vote of confidence on Security and Justice Secretary Fred Teeven was slapped down by Members of Parliament in the Tweede Kamer.

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May 15 '14 13:45

The PVV wants to have a Parliament debate about the increased number of asylum seekers coming into the country. According to PVV- MP Sietse Fritsma, the party may present state secretary Fred Teeven of Security and Justice with a vote of no confidence.

May 13 '14 09:07

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.

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