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News | CoMensha figures of 2011

The total number of (potential) victims of human trafficking registered by CoMensha in 2011 has increased by 23% from 993 in 2010. There was also an increase in the number of clients who needed shelter during the year. In 2011 CoMensha had to find shelter to 280 people, which is an increase of 24% from 2010. Because of this increase, CoMensha had to work with a waiting list. On average there were 13 people on the waiting list, but at times this number was even 30. The main reason for this was the structural lack of available accommodation.

In 2011 most registered victims were still trafficked for prostitution. The total number of (potential) victims of trafficking for forced prostitution was 782. The number of (potential) victims of economic exploitation was on the increase too — 106, which is more than double compared to 2010. The most common nationalities in 2011 were Dutch, Nigerian and Hungarian.

CoMensha/La Strada Netherlands is the national registration and coordination point for human trafficking. Each year CoMensha notices an increase in the number of registrations – 10% in 2010 and 23% in 2011. However, the real number of victims remains unknown because not all institutions are obliged to report (potential) victims to CoMensha. The Police, the Ministry of Defence and the Labour Inspection have a duty to report them but only when all relevant institutions have this obligation, can the real situation in the Netherlands be seen.

The whole announcement can be found here (in Dutch).

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