There is less and less insight into victims of human trafficking, with especially children who are sexually exploited falling out of sight, according to a new report by the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children. This puts the protection of victims at risk, Coordinator Herman Bolhaar said. He blames the reduction at least partly on new privacy legislation.
The police arrested two men in De Bilt and Zeist on Monday morning. They are suspected of human trafficking at two addresses in Utrecht. The two involved houses were placed on lockdown by the municipality last year, the police said in a statement.
According to the police, the 63-year-old man from De Bilt and 59-year-old man from Zeist rented two properties in Utrecht where the operated illegal sex establishments and facilitated prostitution. The municipality of Utrecht closed down the two properties when these suspicions were confirmed in November last year.
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.
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.
The police arrested two men on Monday on suspicion of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl over a period of several weeks, the police announced in a statement.
The police launched an investigation after reports of a underage girl working as a prostitute. The investigation led to the suspects - a 41-year-old man from Utrecht and a 25-year-old man with no fixed address. The arrests were made by the Migration Crime and Human Trafficking team in Utrecht and Bilthoven respectively.
The investigation is still ongoing and the police believe that more arrests may follow.
The police dismantled an international human trafficking network with raids in Amsterdam, Bulgaria, Belgium and Germany. Ten suspects were arrested, the Dutch police said on Thursday
A 24-year-old man from Helmond was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl from Breda. The police believe the man made the teenager work as a prostitute between February and May this year.
The police arrested seven men between the ages of 25 and 50 years old on Tuesday and Wednesday on suspicion of having sex with underage prostitutes. The suspects come from Noord Holland and Flevoland.
Two members of motorcycle gang Satudarah were acquitted of sexual exploitation by the court in Almelo on Tuesday.
The case of four men suspected of human trafficking appeared in the court in Amsterdam on Monday. These men, who were window operators for a room rental business in the Red Light District, exploited women for a period of 5 years between 2004 and 2010, according to the Public Prosecutor.
The man who pimped out a 16-year-old girl in Limburg, did so only because the girl wanted to, his lawyer has said. His statement comes as DNA research shows that no less than 80 men has sex with the underage girl.