[ Human Trafficking, Country-by-Country ]

THE NETHERLANDS (Tier 1) Extracted from the U.S. State Dept 2020 TIP Report

The Government of the Netherlands fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore the Netherlands remained on Tier 1. These efforts included investigating more trafficking cases, expanding victim assistance capabilities and shelter capacity, increasing regional anti-trafficking coordination, and increasing resources within the labor inspectorate to investigate trafficking cases. Although the government meets the minimum standards, authorities prosecuted and convicted fewer traffickers, identified fewer victims, and discontinued a pilot program that decoupled official designation as a victim from cooperation with law enforcement. For the second consecutive year, the islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius, and Saba (BES islands) (fully under the authority of the Netherlands) did not prosecute or convict any traffickers in 2019. The government did not report complete victim statistics for the reporting period.

Prioritized Recommendations

Increase efforts to identify victims.Provide all potential trafficking victims with care services, regardless of their ability to cooperate with an investigation.Increase efforts to investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence traffickers to significant prison terms. Strengthen the child protection system to protect against vulnerability to exploitation.Improve data collection quality for law enforcement and ensure the timely release of victim identification data for policy evaluation.Incorporate measurable goals into the national action plan.Increase outreach to potential victims in labor sectors and identify forced labor.Implement results-based training and mentoring of officials in the BES islands to increase identification of victims and prosecution of traffickers.Expand the rapporteur’s mandate or assign another independent body to evaluate anti-trafficking efforts and assess trafficking prevalence in the BES islands.