Published On: Tue, Apr 10th, 2018

Bosman requests clarity on support for Curaçao

andrebosmanTHE HAGUE - Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party is asking for clarity on the deal between the Dutch and Curaçao Governments in the process of detaining and expulsion of undocumented persons.

Bosman sent five questions to Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok on Monday after the Amigoe newspaper reported last week Friday that the Minister would make 100,000 euros available for the detention of undocumented persons. Blok made the announcement during his visit to Curaçao, following a meeting with the Prime Ministers of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.

The Extra newspaper reported on Monday that the 100,000 euros would be used to refurbish St. Thomas College in Otrobanda with the intention to lock up 100 to 150 women before repatriation. Justice authorities did not want to confirm the report, but acknowledged that detention capacity was direly needed for the increasing number of undocumented persons who are caught.

Bosman asked Blok whether the Curaçao Government had responded to the offer of the Dutch Government to make 100,000 euros available for the detention of undocumented persons. “Can you specify what kinds of financial and technical assistance the Netherlands offered?” he asked.

The Member of Parliament (MP) wanted to know whether the contribution to Curaçao stemmed from the responsibilities of the Netherlands under the Kingdom Charter or whether the offer was of a voluntary nature.

Another question for Blok concerned the number of undocumented persons awaiting expulsion in Curaçao and Aruba. Bosman also asked whether it was correct that there was no formal registration of the number of Venezuelan migrants remaining in Curaçao, and how this registration had taken place in Aruba.

The influx of Venezuelan persons in Curaçao and Aruba is causing another problem: increased illegal prostitution on the islands. The planned-parenthood organisation Famia Plania in Curaçao on Monday estimated that there are now at least 200 illegal brothels on the island where about 2,500 young women are working. Famia Plania is distributing condoms to these girls and gives them information and medical care.

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