Combating human trafficking

Human trafficking is the recruitment, transport, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a person by force or coercion. The objective is to exploit the victim. The Dutch government combats human trafficking in a number of different ways and offers victims support.

Broad-based approach to human trafficking

Victims are subjected to coercion, violence and deception. They lose their self-respect and their trust in others. Many victims of human trafficking become socially isolated and are frightened or unable to report the crime themselves. Identifying possible victims is therefore a key part of combating human trafficking. The government aims to work with many different parties, taking a range of approaches to punishing offenders and offering victims the support they need.

The Task Force on Human Trafficking and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children play an important part in the drive to eradicate the problem. The Task Force's main tasks are to encourage a broad-based approach to human trafficking, and to encourage cooperation between partners in the system. 

Information on the nature and scope of human trafficking

If the government is to effectively tackle the problem of human trafficking, it needs to have the right information at its disposal. The National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children informs and advises the government. The Rapporteur's reports suggest that signs of human trafficking are being increasingly well recognised. The National Rapporteur has recommended developing a national referral system to help victims.

Referring victims to the correct organisation for assistance

A number of different organisations are involved in identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking. The government is working on a national victim referral system to clarify the division of tasks between these organisations and their approaches. This referral system should improve victims' access to assistance and shelter, while ensuring a tailored approach. The system will serve all victims of human trafficking, including minors.