Published On: Fri, Sep 21st, 2018

Conference on human trafficking and smuggling in the Dutch Caribbean

conference-MH-MSKRALENDIJK - The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security is holding a conference on human trafficking and smuggling these days. The three-day conference started on 18 September and is intended for experts from various services/agencies from the Caribbean Netherlands, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Aruba and the Netherlands.

The construction and maintenance of good information provision are crucial for tackling human trafficking and human smuggling. That is why a Theme Register has been created, which has also been made available to the other countries. Relevant data is collected and analyzed in the register with the aim of effectively tackling, combating and preventing trafficking in human beings and human smuggling.

Day 1 is part of the transfer of knowledge for the construction and maintenance of a Theme Register Human Trafficking and Human smuggling for which a covenant has been signed in the Caribbean Netherlands in June 2017. The register is now ready and can be put into use. Reports and signs of human trafficking and smuggling of human beings can be included in the register. Participating services to the training include police, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, public prosecutor, immigration service, labor inspection, public bodies, Coast Guard and RST.

Day 2 is aimed at exchanging experiences about the prevention and tackling of human trafficking and human smuggling in and between the countries of the Kingdom. In 2015, the countries concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this. On day 3, the last day, experts from the United States (USA) will be present. They will discuss the detection of human trafficking and human smuggling. Special attention will be paid to financial investigations and the approach of victims in the investigation process. The agreements for cooperation between the Kingdom and the US are in a MoU from 2016.

The aim of the conference is to further promote better cooperation to effectively tackle the prevention and combating of human trafficking and smuggling of human beings. Trafficking in human beings and smuggling of human beings are serious crimes and must be dealt with firmly. Human trafficking is the exploitation of people under duress and is also referred to internationally as a modern form of slavery. The main sectors where exploitation takes place is the catering industry, construction, prostitution and domestic help. Trafficking in human beings is the illegal transfer of people to another country.

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