Dutch consulate helped child porn traders escape

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2 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch consulate in Rio de Janiero supplied two convicted child porn merchants with emergency passports that enabled them to flee Brazil, the Foreign Ministry has admitted.

2 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch consulate in Rio de Janiero supplied two convicted child porn merchants with emergency passports that enabled them to flee Brazil, the Foreign Ministry has admitted.

The incident was uncovered by current affairs television programme Zembla as part of its investigation into Dutch paedophiles availing of cheap airfares to travel to Brazil to have sex with children.

The Dutch government is currently working on plans to toughen up laws to deal with the problem of child smuggling.

The two Dutch men were arrested in Brazil in September 2002 for trading in child porn.

They were in custody on remand for 11 months, before being freed on condition they remain in Brazil. Their passports were confiscated and the Dutch consulate had to promise the men would not leave the country before their case was finalised.

Nevertheless, the consulate issued the men with emergency passports and they escaped back to the Netherlands. That was seven months ago and they are still at large.

A Brazilian court has imposed an 11-year sentence on one of the men and eight years on the other. They were convicted of masterminding a plan to have 8,850 pictures taken of naked girls aged 12 and older.

Their defence lawyer says his clients are innocent.

The Brazilian Justice Ministry is said to be furious about their escape and wants to expel the Dutch consulate.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry has admitted the emergency passports should never have been issued and that the consulate should never have given the commitment the men would not leave Brazil.

Zembla will report on Thursday that the Philippines and Thailand used to be the destinations of choice for Dutch paedophiles. But the child abusers have also now turned their attention to Brazil because of the budget airfares available.

The programme makers spoke to Brazilian girls who have been abused by the Dutch sex tourists.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Fund has said trafficking in children takes place in the Netherlands.

Foreign children are being forced to work in prostitution, the hotel and catering industry, sewing workshops and in domestic service, UNICEF said.

Smuggled children are also being sent out to steal and beg, according to the report compiled in co-operation with ECPAT Nederland/Defence for Children International Nederland.

UNICEF said the abolition of bans on brothels in the Netherlands had contributed to the problem. Under the new legal regime, legal brothels are monitored, but illegal businesses are disappearing further out of sight. Many of these illegal brothels use underage prostitutes, it is claimed.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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