Police undercover prostitution work pays off
16 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Police say they have made significant gains in the fight against women trading in Eindhoven.
16 August 2006
AMSTERDAM — Police say they have made significant gains in the fight against women trading in Eindhoven.
Undercover officers in the city order escort women in order to check whether the agency is using forced labour. This has helped reduce the number of women, often illegal immigrants, working in prostitution against their will.
Other police departments in the Netherlands want to adopt the Eindhoven policy, according to newspaper 'Trouw'.
Eindhoven detectives scan newspapers and internet sites every day for ads in which women offer their services. The women are then 'hired' to enable the police to verify whether their employers have the correct paperwork.
Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk announced on Monday she is relaxing the rules to make it easier for women victims of people smugglers to stay in the Netherlands after the suspects are put on trial.
Up to now the women in such cases had to prove that they would be in danger if they returned to their native country.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news