Victims of human trafficking decrease while Dutch people are among the most targeted
Although the number of registered victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands has decreased by around 22% between 2020 and 2021, experts say this only means that victims are less visible and say human traffickers humans now target the Dutch the most.
In 2021, the Netherlands identified 791 new victims of human trafficking compared to 1,013 in 2020, according to a recent report by CoMensha – a Dutch non-profit organization that monitors and raises awareness about human trafficking.
However, Ina Hut, director of CoMensha, said there was no reason to believe that the number of victims of human trafficking is actually decreasing.
“On the contrary. More and more people are vulnerable and human traffickers are exploiting this vulnerability”, which means that “there is less and less visibility for the victims” who “have not received assistance and protection to which they are entitled”.
Human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims everywhere and it is no different in the Netherlands. The victims came from more than 60 countries, with the Netherlands (237), Romania (95), Nigeria (68), Poland (39) and Hungary (37) being the top five nations of origin.
About 65% of female victims were coerced or coerced into sexual exploitation, while the majority of males, over 70%, were exploited by labor traffickers. The other victims were forced into crime, begging, organ harvesting or some unknown activity. The authors primarily target people in their twenties, while the average age is 30.
Now CoMensha wants to launch an independent investigation into the causes of the falling numbers in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the number of victims in Switzerland increased by 50% between 2019 and 2021, the Swiss platform against human trafficking said.
There would be two main reasons for this. First, awareness of the problem within the police, asylum, social care and health sectors has led to more cases being identified and linked to the platform. . Second, the increase in the number of victims may also indicate a general increase in human trafficking. According to the platform, the vulnerability of many people has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.