Police arrest six 'lover boys' for paid sex
30 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Police and prosecution officials arrested six men, so-called "lover boys", in The Hague in June and July on suspicion of forcing women into prostitution, it was revealed Friday.
30 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — Police and prosecution officials arrested six men, so-called "lover boys", in The Hague in June and July on suspicion of forcing women into prostitution, it was revealed Friday.
The Public Prosecution Office (OM) said that the six men are aged between 21 and 25 and all of them come from The Hague. Five were arrested in June and the sixth was arrested last week.
The men are not suspected of having worked together. Lover boys are males who initially treat women extremely well, before forcing them into the paid sex circuit.
The female victims have been described as 15, 18 and 22-year-olds from The Hague and two 16-year-old girls from Veenendaal, news agency nu.nl reported.
The victims of lover boys are described in general as girls or young women who are vulnerable because they have a negative self-image. In many cases, they have poor social contacts and come from broken homes.
By giving compliments and expensive presents, males earn the trust of the women by making them feel special. At the same time, they make their victims dependent and eventually demand that the women start earning money, usually by prostitution.
The OM said more arrests might be carried out in the coming period and has not excluded the possibility that several more victims will report to police. The investigation was prompted when the women lodged official complaints.
A special division of the police department in The Hague has been investigating the matter since December 2003, but it is not yet certain how many women have fallen victims to lover boys. Some estimates range from a 1,000 to 2,000 every year.
Various cities across the Netherlands, including Zwolle, have launched a special crackdown against the lover boy phenomenon in recent years. Police, judicial authorities and social workers are co-operating in the projects.
MPs urged Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner in April to crack down harder on lover boys, urging for tougher penalties, background registrations and an investigation into the extent of the problem.
But Donner rejected the demands, claiming that the lover boy problem was being combated in the fight against child prostitution. The campaign against lover boys has not yet been introduced nation-wide.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news