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Report: Trafficking victims in the Netherlands

Focus the identification of victims on the needs of the victim and their eligibility for intake into a treatment programme, not on the identification of indicators to start criminal proceedings. This is one of the key recommendations of a new report by INTERVICT reserachers Conny Rijken, Jan van Dijk, and Fanny Klerx‐van Mierlo.

Based on a quantitative analysis of the files of the prosecution service and the relief organisation, victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands can be characterised as exceptionally vulnerable, says the report, because of young age, low education level, problematic family background, lack of money, and insufficient knowledge of the Dutch language. They are often recruited by a person they know and are seriously mislead or cheated. Although these characteristics are common across all categories of victims (Dutch, EU and non‐EU victims of sexual exploitation and EU and non‐EU victims of labour exploitation), it seems that victims of sexual exploitation originating from non‐EU countries are particularly vulnerable.

An English summary of the (Dutch) report is online at INTERVICT.

Reference: Conny Rijken, Jan van Dijk & Fanny Klerx-van Mierlo (2013), Mensenhandel: het slachtofferperspectief. Een verkennende studie naar behoeften en belangen van slachtoffers mensenhandel in Nederland. INTERVICT, Tilburg University.