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  • EU Anti-Trafficking Day: Statement of the National Rapporteur


    Every year on 18 October the European Union pays special attention to trafficking in human beings. National Rapporteur Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen calls attention for the protection of human dignity and demonstrates the undermining effect that human traffickers have on people, sectors and society. The National Rapporteur pauses to think about this at the gathering of the European Commission and the European Network of National Rapporteurs and Equivalent Mechanisms in Brussels.

  • New figures on identification and protection of victims of human trafficking and prosecution of traffickers


    More possible victims of human trafficking were identified in the Netherlands in 2014. The largest group of possible victims were exploited in the sex industry, but the proportion of victims that were exploited outside the sex industry increased. Fewer foreign victims relied on the arrangements for granting temporary residence to victims of human trafficking in 2014. The number of claims for compensation that were awarded to victims actually increased. More human traffickers were convicted, but ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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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