The Netherlands must take new measures to prevent Vietnamese children from disappearing from reception and becoming victims of human trafficking. At the moment, 97 percent of the children who are admitted disappear.
“The suspicions that a large proportion of these children fall into the hands of human traffickers or smugglers have been confirmed,” writes National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children Herman Bolhaar.
He relies on a recently published research of the Expertise Center for Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Persons (EMM) and the Migration Chain Analysis Testing Ground (APM).
Radio show Argos and newspaper NRC reported in March last year that at least sixty Vietnamese children had disappeared from protected shelter between 2013 and 2017. They were placed there because they were at risk of falling victim to smuggling or trafficking.
EMM and APM conclude that at least twenty Vietnamese children have been added in the past two years. A total of 1,750 children are said to have disappeared. Most would end up in the United Kingdom.
Bolhaar calls for new measures. “I find it incomprehensible that this has not yet happened. The Dutch State is also responsible for these children.” State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol said in a response that the subject is on the national and international agenda.