Trafficking, Country-by-Country ]
THE NETHERLANDS (Tier 1) – Extracted from the
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.
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.
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.