The police must conduct digital investigations more often in cases where child sex abuse is suspected, the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse Against Children said in a new report. "The police do a lot of digital research in online cases, such as child pornography, but with physical sexual abuse that is not yet standard", Rapporteur Herman Bolhaar said. A third of child sexual abuse cases are dropped due to a lack of evidence. That's about 500 cases a year, NOS reports.
The police discourage parents from filing charges if they believe their child is being sexually abused at a childcare institution, BOinK, the interest group for parents in childcare, and lawyers who work with sex crime victims said to RTL Nieuws. The police told the broadcaster that they have to discuss the chances of a case's success with parents, but it is not meant to be a discouragement.
The approach to human trafficking in the Netherlands improved considerably in the past years, but many victims are still invisible to aid agencies, National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Herman Bolhaar said on Thursday - the European day against human trafficking, NOS reports.
According to Bolhaar, only one in five victims end up on the radar of CoMensha, the coordination center against human trafficking. Current estimations say that between 5 and 7 thousand men, women and children fall victim to human trafficking in the Netherlands each year.
The number of reports of foreign men being forced into prostitution in the Netherlands doubled over the past year. The victims are often asylum seekers and refugees picked up by human traffickers, according to research by Radio Reporter, NPO Radio 1 reports.
Children who were sexually abused too often end up in the locked sections of youth care institutions, according to National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against Children Herman Bolhaar in a new report. Over one in 10 girls who are receiving help after sexual abuse, are in a locked institution, he said, NOS reports.
At least 70 boys and young men between the ages of 14 and 22 years are active in prostitution in and around Eindhoven, and not all of them willingly, according to a study by welfare organization Lumens. The municipality of Eindhoven is shocked by these figures, alderman Renate Richters said to Nieuwsuur.
The risk of a sex crime convict committing a sex crime again is not well estimated in the Netherlands, Corinne Dettmeijer, the Netherlands' National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against Children, said based on a report published on Sunday. According to her, there is a proper international method available to assess the risk of recurrence, and the Netherlands should consider implementing it, ANP reports.
Over 6 thousand people, mostly women, are annually exploited for prostitution or webcam sex in the Netherlands, according to a new report by National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Corinne Dettmeijer. With that, the number of human trafficking victims in the country is five times higher than assumed, RTL Nieuws reports.
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 Netherlands is escalating the fight against human trafficking, pimps and exploitation of especially underage victims with more money and more manpower dedicated to this cause, the Ministry of Security and Justice announced, 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.
The number of reports of human trafficking victims dropped 15 percent last year, from 1,561 in 2014 to 1,321 last in 2015, according to a report by the National Rapporteur on Trafficking and Sexual Violence Against Children, Corinne Dettmeijer. But the decrease in reports is no reason for optimism, Dettmeijer warns.
From today Dutch victims of child pornography can take part in a large international investigation on what effects this type of child abuse has on its victims. The goal for this study is to improve aid given to these victims.
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.
Despite the stereotypical image of an unknown child sex abuser, only seven percent of perpetrators in such cases are complete strangers to their victims. The vast majority of child sex abuse victims' abusers are someone they know, like a family member, friend or acquaintance, according to a study released by the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children on Monday.
Customers of underage prostitutes rarely ended up in court over the past 15 years. And those that did got lower sentences than the guidelines.