Minority youth target gays

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15 June 2007, AMSTERDAM – Youth of ethnic background, primary from Moroccan families, are regularly hanging about well-known gay meeting places in Amsterdam in order to rob men there of their money. They also sometimes make appointments online, posing as homosexual, to rob them in their homes once they are invited over.

15 June 2007

AMSTERDAM – Youth of ethnic background, primary from Moroccan families, are regularly hanging about well-known gay meeting places in Amsterdam in order to rob men there of their money. They also sometimes make appointments online, posing as homosexual, to rob them in their homes once they are invited over.

The victims of these crimes are often too embarrassed to report the incidents. "Often these are bisexual men who are married," says Pierre van der Steen of the police network aimed at promoting the rights of gays and lesbians, Roze in Blauw (RIB), told the Telegraaf.

Some parks in the capital are danger areas, though the youth also often wait outside many of the gay bars in Amsterdam.

"We have recently arrested Moroccan and Pakistani suspects near the Oeverlanden. They confessed to having robbed six men, while only one of these men had reported the incident to police," adds Marja Lust of RIB.

Another homosexual man was assaulted in the Vondel park last Saturday by six Moroccan youth. He told his story to the newspaper, but later asked that it not be published out of fear for reprisals. "Out of the blue I was just beaten and kicked," he says. "There is a great deal of anger among this group of young people and I have no idea where it is coming from."

The police want to get more of an idea of how widespread the problem is and sometimes send undercover officers to gay meeting places. "We want to encourage these men to report this kind of crime, says Van der Steen. "They can do that anonymously, because we understand it can be difficult to come to the police."

"People must stop being afraid to report these crimes, because we can't do anything about it if we don't know about it. We do notice that we are receiving more complaints from one year to the next, but we still fear this is just the tip of the iceberg," says Marja Lust.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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