Human trafficking in the Netherlands

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U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons placed the country in "Tier 1" in 2017.[1] According to the US Department of State, Human trafficking in the Netherlands is a problem which affects particularly women and girls, who are forced to work in the sex industry. In the year of 2009 there were 909 registered victims of human trafficking.[2]

In 2017 it is estimated by the Dutch National Reporter Human Trafficking and Sexual Abuse of Children that more than 6000 people in the Netherlands fall victim to human traffic each year.[3][4] Two thirds of the people trafficked, i.e. about 4000 people per year, fall victim to sexual slavery and abuse.[3] This group consists largely of Dutch women, including minors (1320 girls each year) who are preyed upon by so-called "lover boys".[4] The other 2000 victims of human trafficking are largely foreigners who are put to work by organized crime groups.[3]

According to the US Department of State, the Netherlands is both a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and forced labor, though, to a lesser extent, it is a transit country for such trafficking. According to the US Department of State, the top five countries of origin for victims are the Netherlands, China, Nigeria, Hungary, and Sierra Leone.[5]

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