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The National Rapporteur reports on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in the Netherlands. The Rapporteur is assisted by a team of staff members who together constitute the Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur.

Main task

The Rapporteur’s main task is to report 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. The reports contain information on relevant regulations and legislation, as well as information on prevention, criminal investigations regarding human trafficking and sexual violence against children, prosecution of perpetrators and victim support. They also contain policy recommendations aimed at improving the fight against human trafficking and sexual violence against children. By doing so she also contributes to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals regarding Human Trafficking and sexual violence against children.

Position

The Dutch Rapporteur works independently and reports to the Dutch government. The government responds to the report to Parliament. The reports of the Rapporteur are public and can be found on this website (go to: Publications). The Rapporteur is not a complaints body and has no power of criminal investigation.

Working methods

The Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur keeps in contact with and gathers information from authorities, organisations and individuals involved in the prevention and combating of human trafficking and sexual violence against children and in giving assistance to victims. For their information, the Rapporteur and her staff have access to criminal files held by police and judicial authorities. Because human trafficking and sexual violence against children often have an international element to them, the Bureau also has many contacts abroad and co-operates with international organisations.

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    (A woman looks at a computer screen. Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen:)

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    (Every human being has the right to protection against exploitation, and every child has the right to protection of his or her sexual integrity.)

    (I am the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. My mandate is set forth in the law and provides that I report on the scale, nature and extent of human trafficking and sexual violence against children. This includes child pornography and child sex tourism.)

    (On the basis of my research, I make recommendations to improve policy.)

    (Human trafficking is about the exploitation of victims. Through violence or abuse of their vulnerable position, they are forced into prostitution or other work. They must work for little or no compensation, in bad conditions. Forced removal of organs is another form of human trafficking.)

    (Human traffickers constantly find new ways to exploit vulnerable groups, and it is up to us to stay vigilant, so we can tackle new forms of human trafficking.)

    (Victims are not just women. Men and children are vulnerable as well.)

    (Sexual violence against children still occurs more often than we are aware of. It is not easy to define. It can be rape or sexual assault by a stranger, but often, it involves sexual abuse within the child's familiar surroundings.)

    (We must improve our understanding of the diversity of sexual abuse, that it can take many shapes, affect anyone, occur anywhere and can be committed by anyone. An effective approach to tackling sexual violence against children focuses on victims as well as perpetrators.)

    (My ambition regarding both human trafficking and sexual violence against children, is not only to advise the government, but also to raise awareness in society. Recognising the signals is our collective duty, because it not only harms the lives of the victims, it also damages society as a whole.)

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    (The Dutch coat of arms next to the text: National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. The screen turns blue and white. On-screen text: Copyright 2016.)