Dozens of Dutch tourists report child exploitation

A few dozen Dutch travellers have reported about sexual exploitation of children this year. During last summer alone, 22 reports about child abuse were received by meldkindersekstoerisme.nl, the contact point managed by Terre des Hommes and Defence for Children.

The contact point is intended for tourists that observe suspicious behaviour during their holidays. 13 out of 22 reports were about possible sexual child exploitation abroad, mainly in Asia and Africa. The other reports were about suspicions about child pornography and child trafficking.  All reports received by the contact point are shared with the police and urgent matters are immediately passed on to the Dutch liaison officers of police abroad. When reporting parties choose to remain anonymous, the contact point staff will act as intermediary. Two reports were about suspected abuse within The Netherlands.

Research unit researches reports

De onderzoeksunit van Terre des Hommes onderzoekt de meldingen. Zo was er een melding over twee mannen uit het zuiden van het land. Onze onderzoeker zocht op het internet en via sociale media naar meer bewijs en vond veel verdachte sporen. Als het dossier compleet is wordt de informatie gedeeld met politie.

By all means, look further than the common perception people have about child sex tourists. It is certainly not just white men aged over 50, with fat bellies", says Gideon van Aartsen, project manager of the Terre des Hommes research unit.

Terre des Hommes calls upon travellers to be alert about suspicious behaviour and report everything, as every tip can be valuable. Van Aartsen: "Our main goal is to prevent abuse, protecting the child is paramount". 

Read the story Tourist is not blind to childrenś suffering (in Dutch) on the website of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. 

 

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