Human trafficking is punishable under Article 273f of the Dutch Criminal Code. In short, human trafficking is the forced exploitation of another person. When thinking of human trafficking, people usually think of exploited women who are forced into prostitution. However, there are many forms of human trafficking. Human trafficking can occur, for example, in the hospitality or cleaning industry or in the production of goods. It is often about such poor (working) conditions that human rights are at stake. The (intended) exploitation is the core of the offense.
Coercion is understood to mean (the threat of) physical violence, but also, for example, deception, abuse of a vulnerable position or abuse of the dominance arising from circumstances. For a minor victim, coercion is not necessary in order to fall under the criminalization of Article 273f of the Dutch Criminal Code.
Exploitation means letting people work voluntarily or involuntarily and taking advantage of this by decreasing the income and allowing people to work under, for example, degrading conditions.
We are experienced in assisting clients who are suspected of being involved in human trafficking. For example, we assisted a client who was suspected of being exploited by having a person work in the Dappermarkt under poor conditions.
People smuggling is common nowadays. People smuggling is a term used for illegal and often organized smuggling of people across international borders. Smuggling of human beings is punishable under Article 197a of the Dutch Criminal Code.
If you are suspected of human trafficking or people smuggling, we advise you to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. For questions you can contact one of our lawyers.