Dutch Rapporteur. Barriers against Child Sex Tourism (2013)

Children have the right to protection against sexual violence. The Dutch Government must therefore endeavour to prevent Dutch nationals from committing sexual offences against children in other countries, as well as in the Netherlands. That is the key message of the Dutch Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in her report Barriers against child sex tourism. In order to improve the fight against child sex tourism Rapporteur Corinne Dettmeijer provides six recommendations, focusing on the prevention of child sex tourism and the detection and prosecution of Dutch citizens committing sexual offences against minors abroad.


The recommendations of Rapporteur concern the following:

  1. Provide a monthly overview of the number of Dutch nationals who are in custody or have been released on bail in another country in a case involving sexual violence against children.

  2. Investigate how compliance with restrictions on liberty can be effectively supervised in order to prevent convicted paedosexuals with high risk of recidivism from travelling abroad.

  3. Request the refusal or cancellation of passports of convicted paedosexuals with a high risk of recidivism.

  4. Make available the application form and Certificate of Good Conduct in English so that foreign organisations can screen future employees when they apply for jobs in which they will be working with children.

  5. Assignment of liaison officers to countries of destination for child sex tourism, who can provide all possible assistance in the investigation of Dutch child sex tourists in those countries.

  6. Conclude bilateral treaties for mutual legal assistance with countries of destination.