Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

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The Council of Europe’s group of experts on human trafficking has welcomed the significant progress made by the Netherlands in recent years, whilst also calling on the authorities to take further action in a number of areas.

In its second evaluation report on the Netherlands, published today, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (known as GRETA) highlights a number of positive steps taken by the authorities since June 2014, including:

  • The further strengthening of  structures and bodies working on human trafficking, including the creation of a national network of regional coordinators of assistance provided to victims;
  • Increased funding for police and prosecution services dealing with trafficking cases, leading to a 5% yearly increase in the number of detectives certified to investigate trafficking cases;
  • Training given to a wide range of professionals, as well as public awarenessraising campaigns and projects aimed at preventing trafficking in children;
  • Various steps to help prevent trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation, in particular concerning migrant workers;
  • The attention paid to guaranteeing compensation to victims of trafficking.

Read full press release: Human trafficking in the Netherlands: Significant progress, but further action needed in several areas

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