Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2013

The Netherlands and Dutch islands will investigate human trafficking

human-traffickingWILLEMSTAD - The Dutch Parliament wants the countries of the Kingdom to investigate the smuggling and trafficking of humans. A motion of Gert-Jan Slegers (Christian Union) and Roelof van Laar ( PvdA ) was adopted on December 3. This investigation should make clear exactly how big the problem is.

There are several abuses reported in the Trafficking in Persons report made by the United States. What the researchers say about the brothel ‘Campo Alegre’ is that “it is unclear how the recruitment process works in the walled legal brothel in Curacao which provides 24/7 access to more than 120 foreign women in prostitution.” The report also speaks of forced labor in the construction, landscaping and retail sector. The workforce in restaurants is saddled with high debt before they start working. This is often the case with citizens of India and China, according to the survey. Victims of trafficking are often from neighboring countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Curacao currently does not meet the minimum requirements of fighting the problems mentioned. However, the report notes that the efforts of the government have improved but the island still needs some time to effectively tackle human smuggling and trafficking. In recent years, the Prosecution has performed several investigations into abuses on the island. The research to be carried out includes all countries and islands in the Kingdom.

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