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  • UN and OSCE draw attention to the financial aspect of trafficking in human beings


    On the first ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called for further action to end the crime of human trafficking. In his message, Ban stressed the financial aspect of human trafficking: “To stop the traffickers, we must sever funding pipelines and seize assets.” Two recent international reports also drew specific attention to the financial dimension of human trafficking. According to these reports from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and ...

  • Rapporteur: generate more insight into networks, facilitators and money. New quantitative report on human trafficking


    Human traffickers usually do not operate alone. It is therefore essential to gain a clear picture of human trafficking networks. It is also important to devote greater attention to identifying persons and organisations that facilitate the crime, intentionally or otherwise. Investigation, prosecution and trial of perpetrators all benefit from a clear understanding of all the links in the human trafficking process, research by the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual ...

  • Dutch Rapporteur speaks at UN expert meeting on ICT and violence against children


    The Dutch Rapporteur is attending the Expert Consultation on ICTs and Violence against Children in Costa Rica on 9 and 10 June. The Expert Consultation will bring together experts from national governments, UN agencies, international organizations, independent children’s rights institutions, academia, civil society organizations and the corporate sector. The UN Special Representative on Violence against Children has invited rapporteur Corinne Dettmeijer to reflect on the protection of children ...

  • Dutch rapporteur urges International Labour Conference to revise Forced Labour Convention


    Supplementing the ILO Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (C029) is an important step towards the eradication of forced labour, says the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. She urges the International Labour Conference to opt for a legally binding protocol. According to the Rapporteur, the proposed set of new rules confirms the link between forced labour and trafficking in human beings. Additionally, revision of the ...

  • Rapporteur advises on implementation of the CoE Convention on violence against women and domestic violence


    The Dutch National Rapporteur has published her advice about the Dutch bills related to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating of violence against women and domestic violence. The Rapporteur stresses the importance of attention for the intertwinement of these subjects with the issues of trafficking in human beings and sexual violence against children.


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    Exhibition Journey

    The exhibition Journey was on display at Plein, The Hague, from October 14 until October 24 2010. Click on the link to watch a documentary about the exhibition.

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    About us

    The National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children reports on the nature and extent of human trafficking and sexual violence against children in the Netherlands, and on the effects of the government policies pursued.


Trafficking in human beings

  • Trafficking in human beings (THB) is regarded both in the Netherlands and internationally as a serious crime and a violation of the victim’s human rights. Combating THB must be given the highest priority. However, which activities exactly should be combated then? Read the article by the Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on THB.

Sexual Violence against Children

  • There are many different definitions of sexual violence against children. The Dutch Rapporteur utilises a broad definition which includes all sexual crimes in the Dutch Criminal Code that could be applicable to underage victims.

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