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  • Dutch Rapporteur: less thresholds for victims of sexual violence


    More victims and perpetrators of sexual violence against children should be identified. The existing thresholds for victims to disclose the sexual violence they experienced, to report it to the agencies and to file a complaint to the police, should be lowered. That is the main conclusion in the report on sexual violence against children of the Dutch Rapporteur in Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. Apart from figures on the victims and perpetrators of sexual ...

  • A report of modern forms of slavery in the Netherlands. Data on human trafficking 2008-2012


    In her report “Trafficking in Human Beings: Visible and Invisible II”, the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children provides a quantitative overview of what is known about the nature and scale of human trafficking in the Netherlands in the period 2008-2012. To mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, today she has published an English summary of the report.

  • Rapporteur concerned at results of study on organ trafficking


    Many health care professionals who treat kidney patients know of patients who have travelled abroad for a transplant. A large majority of them suspect, or know for certain, that the patient paid for the organ, according to a study conducted by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. The National Rapporteur is concerned at the results of the study because transplant tourists might be using donors who have been forced to surrender their organ. She feels that the subject should receive greater ...

  • Combating human trafficking: more attention needed for minors, the prostitution sector and new forms of exploitation


    The Netherlands is performing relatively well in terms of combating human trafficking, with a steadily growing number of organizations joining the effort. Nevertheless, as the Dutch Rapporteur’s latest annual report shows, there are still some areas of concern. In her recommendations, the National Rapporteur, Corinne Dettmeijer, pinpoints three subjects that need to be addressed with the greatest urgency: victims, the prostitution sector and new forms of human trafficking. The Rapporteur refers ...

  • 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 ...


  • Photo Gallery

    The National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children, Corinne Dettmeijer, and her staff regularly give presentations, speeches, guest lectures and other contributions, for different target groups and work fields. This photo gallery illustrates some of these activities.

  • 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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