Tuesday, June 20, 2006

STV has released new numbers

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The STV (Stichting Tegen Vrouwenhandel=Foundation against trafficking in women) has released new numbers for the years 2005 and early 2006 (from January till April).

Their websites:
www.mensenhandel.nl/ (look at "cijfers tot Juni 2006")
www.fo-stvkennisnet.nl

Funny thing is that in the year 2005 of the 424 persons who were registered at the STV as victims of human trafficking, 98 are Dutch!!! That's 23,1% of the total. I don't mean that it's less of a problem when foreign women are trafficked. (In 2006 until April, the numbers are:39/122 Dutch, i.e. 32%)

Notice though that at this moment they are also registering people who have been exploited in other forms of labour than prostitution. There are now also a couple of men who are registered as victims of human trafficking. (2 of them in prostitution!)

(sorry, it's in Dutch, but for now, just a snippet in English....)

Also this year most women were put to work in prostitution. Of only a small part (1,6%) of the reported victims it is known they were exploited in the hotel and catering industry or as an au-pair. Well over 37% of the reported women were forced to work in prostitution. Of a relatively large group it is unknown where they have worked. It happens that this information is not supplied in connection with the safety of the woman. The STV then only knows in which region she can be sheltered safely.
Of the women who worked in prostitution, 11,5% worked in a brothel and well over 6% worked behind a window. Of a small part it is known that they worked in the escort or as a street-prostitute. It is amazing that still relatively many victims are found in licensed businesses. It seems that in some municipalities the supervision over the observance of the law yields insufficient guarantees against women trafficking. Continuous attention for a good licensing system and supervision over the observance thereof is extremely important to stop abuses.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Tips for Johns who visit the Netherlands

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Want to visit a legal free prostitute in the Netherlands???

I can show you the way,

read this first,

This is all part of my overhaul

I believe that the Netherlands is studying its prostitutes with an accuracy unheard of in many other countries. Tons of reports and statistics, but unfortunately they raise more questions than answers. I have forced myself to actually read all of those extremely dull reports from start to finish (I didn’t do that before, I only thumbed through many of them, selected the information I needed, and haven’t read them completely, so I’ve missed a lot of stuff I actually was looking for, and found it by just reading the reports completely. That’s very stupid of me, so I’m setting the record straight.)

I have made a special selection of the best quotes of two reports I’m currently reading.

...read it, and weep...

Mensenhandel in Nederland
[This one’s originally in Dutch, and I’ve made a special translation for you]
(…) aside from that, in a study of the Werkgroep Prostitutie en Mensenhandel [Working Group on Prostitution and Human trafficking], the number of prostitutes from outside the EU is also estimated at 50% (Luyck en Van Soest, 1999). And although not all of these prostitutes work illegally in the Netherlands, experience shows that in most cases this is the case (Visser, 2000). Furthermore there’s a reasonable agreement among key figures that “the majority” of the foreign prostitutes in the Netherlands are economically exploited and therefore victim of human trafficking (Visser, 2000). [footnote at the bottom of that page: “This is according to insiders probably also true for legal, Dutch prostitutes.”] (…)
Concerning domestic human trafficking it is observed that also only a part of the legal prostitutes in the Netherlands are self-employed and independent. The majority is, judged by the experience of the interviewees, dependent on pimps. This phenomenon will continue to exist according to them, although the labor conditions will improve in some circumstances. (…)

Third report of the National rapporteur Human Trafficking
(…) Among the 666 arrested suspects there are 64 proprietors of primarily - partially legal - clubs and brothels. The percentage of proprietors among the suspects remained virtually the same from 1999: about 10%. Many of the arrested proprietors (53, or 83% were ‘referred’ to the PPS.
As well as the criminal prosecution of proprietors of sex establishments, there is also the possibility for an ‘administrative procedure’: imposing administrative measures (sanctions). It has been examined for 2002 how often this occurred. In that year, a total of 140 prostitution establishments were involved in 46 of the successfully completed investigations into THB. Of these 140 establishments, 38 (27%) were unlicensed (partly because some municipalities had not yet properly organized their licensing procedures). [footnote at the bottom of that page: “It concerned 69 clubs, of which 16 (23%) were unlicensed, 52 window brothels of which 12 (23%) were unlicensed, 12 escort services of which 6 (50%) were unlicensed and 4 other businesses without licenses (Turkish coffee houses in all cases). It is unknown for 9 prostitution establishments (4 clubs, 3 window brothels and 2 escort services) whether they possessed a license.”] (…)

PS: notice that most of the human trafficking in brothels takes place in licensed brothels, and that even many window-brothels have still not been licensed. It must be admitted though that 9 investigations also concerned off-venue prostitution (like street prostitution).

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