Every day many children, women and men are exploited by force in our country. People are used as slaves in agriculture and horticulture, restaurants or as au pairs. In the sex industry children, men and women are forced to perform sexual acts on a daily basis. This is human trafficking in the Netherlands. This is unacceptable.
Therefore sign the human trafficking petition to the Dutch parliament.
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We request the Dutch parliament to:
INCREASE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR TRAFFICKING
The proceeds of trafficking are enormous, the probability of detection is low. If traffickers are already caught and convicted, the penalties are low, even compared to a similar offense as rape. The current maximum sentence for one-fold human trafficking (8 years) is not proportional to the maximum sentence for rape (12 years). There is no reason why the maximum penalty for trafficking should be lower than for rape. We request the maximum sentence for one-fold human trafficking to be increased to 12 years.
INCREASE POLICE CAPACITY
To combat trafficking in human beings sufficient specialized police is essential. At this moment the police do not have the manpower and resources to combat trafficking effectively. Therefore, we request that each police unit has trafficking department with sufficient and certified people. We request that the investigative capacity of the police is adjusted to the probable amount of victims.
INCREASE SHELTER AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS
Victims are often severely traumatized due to physical and mental violence. Victims need rest and specialist shelter to make to begin processing their traumas and make an informed decision about reporting the crime. The lack of (specialist) shelter is an acute problem. This leads to inhumane conditions. We request, to immediately and structurally provide adequate specialist shelter capacity.