Major police operation in Hague red light district
The police in The Hague on Friday evening launched a major operation against international people trafficking in the city’s red light district. Public Prosecutor Henk Korvinus said it had been the first time an operation of this magnitude was launched against people trafficking in the prostitution sector.
Mayor Jozias van Aartsen emphasised that the operation was primarily intended to gain a clear insight in “the structures and organisations forcing these women to work under such terrible circumstances”. The mayor said he would not hesitate to revoke the licenses of brothels found to be in violation of prostitution laws. “We are not opposed to prostitution, which, after all, is a legal profession in the Netherlands, but we want to keep the sector clean.”
The operation in The Hague will probably be repeated in other cities. The justice ministry believes at least 50 percent of all male and female prostitutes are the victims of coercion.
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