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The Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles was an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was dissolved on 10 October 2010.

Tourism, petroleum refining, and offshore finance were the mainstays of this small economy, which is closely tied to the outside world. Although GDP has declined or grown slightly in each of the past eight years, the islands enjoy a high per capita income and a well-developed infrastructure compared with other countries in the region.

Poor soils and inadequate water supplies hamper the development of agriculture. Budgetary problems hamper reform of the health and pension systems of an aging population. The Netherlands provides financial aid to support the economy. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: NetherlandAntilles

The five islands of the current Netherlands Antilles are a transit and destination point for men and women from Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other parts of South America and the Caribbean, trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009 [full country report]


CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in The Netherland Antilles. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.




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Training on combating human trafficking

The Daily Herald St. Maarten

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 9 September 2011]

Civil servants working in the judicial sector in the Netherlands Antilles will participate in a training session that will take place in St. Maarten June 13-15. The session is being organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which extended an invitation to civil servants because of their efforts to combat illegal human trafficking.

Purpose of the meeting is to stimulate regional cooperation and sharing of information. Specific strategies on setting up national information campaigns and developing national legislation on human trafficking will be discussed.

Joran's father denies knowledge of 'human trafficking

Radio Nederland Wereldomroep RNW News, 26-11-2008

[accessed 29 August 2011]

[accessed 24 September 2016]

Paulus van der Sloot, father of the Holloway case suspect Joran, is refusing to respond to allegations that his son told him about what happened to the missing American teenager. In an interview aired in the US on Tuesday, Joran told Fox News TV how he had sold Natalee Holloway to a Venezuelan man on the beach in Aruba for 10,000 dollars.

Human Rights Reports 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

[accessed 23 February 2011]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS The law in the mainland Netherlands prohibits all forms of trafficking in persons; however, trafficking in persons was a problem. Aruba has an antitrafficking law. The Netherlands Antilles, which has no specific antitrafficking law, has successfully used existing legislation to prosecute traffickers.

There were reports that trafficking in persons for commercial sex and labor was a problem in the Netherlands Antilles.

During the year a foreign court ordered the Curacao Drydock Company in the Netherlands Antilles to pay damages to three Cuban workers who were among the approximately 100 who were forced to work for long hours with virtually no pay in 2005 and 2006.

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