More shelters for human trafficking victims
The authorities have opened new shelters for victims of human trafficking. There will be space for an additional forty women and ten men at secret locations across the country.
The move is part of a pilot programme aimed at curbing human trafficking. The programme was kicked off by Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin in Amsterdam. The ministry hopes that the increased capacity will encourage victims to come forward and denounce more people traffickers so they can be tried in court.
The project costs some four million euros and is being financed by the justice and health ministries.
Currently there are insufficient safe-houses for victims to shelter. The new shelters will be run by three organisations specialised in helping abuse victims.
Due to the illegal nature of human trafficking, there are no exact figures regarding the number of victims. Worldwide, between 700,000 and two million people are estimated to become victims of people traffickers every year. More than 800 victims were identified in the Netherlands in 2008.
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