Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2013

Plasterk does not just take over United Sates’ recommendations on human trafficking

Ronald PlasterkWILLEMSTAD – Ronald Plasterk, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations will not take the U.S. recommendations on human trafficking just like that. The report 'Trafficking in persons' makes recommendations for Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Plasterk, informed this to the second chamber in the Dutch Parliament in writing.

"The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is a national American initiative and therefore not legally binding measure for the autonomous policy area of the fight against smuggling and trafficking by the countries of the Kingdom," writes Plasterk.

The United States is pressing the islands to continue working together with the Netherlands in the field of human trafficking and smuggling. Plasterk named three examples in the letter. The minister calls the contribution of the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard, the Criminal Investigation Teams (RST) that assist in larger cases and the Royal Military Police.

On June 20, 2011, the Ministers of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands signed a new Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in preventing and combating human trafficking and smuggling.

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