Vietnamese migrant file


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Interview Adrian Bartocha: 'This is serious organized crime'

Interview with investigative journalist Adrian Bartocha on human trafficking with Vietnamese minors in Europe. He and Jan Wiese of the RBB, the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, saw the Argos investigation into the disappearance of dozens of Vietnamese children in the Netherlands and started their own investigation. They discovered that many more Vietnamese children have disappeared in Germany and that there is organized human trafficking.

Argos
Language: Dutch
18 Jan 2021

Confirmed: 'Trade with Vietnamese children across Europe'

“Vietnamese criminal organizations are active all over Europe”. This is what Carsten Moritz, director of the human trafficking department of the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), the federal criminal investigation department of Germany, says in an interview with the RBB, the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. The groups are involved in human trafficking on a large scale. "But that smuggling serves a purpose: labor exploitation." In many cases this is human trafficking, says the BKA chief. According to him, there are also minors among the victims. Moritz responds to research that the RBB has conducted in recent months together with Argos (VPRO / HUMAN). Tonight on Germany 1 a television documentary about this.

Argos (VPRO/HUMAN)
Language: Dutch
18 Jan 2021

Human trafficking made easy: How Vietnamese Children Are Exploited

For years, professional Vietnamese human trafficking networks have been operating almost unmolested in Germany. They bring their compatriots there and exploit them: in nail salons or massage parlors, but increasingly also in forced prostitution or in drug production. In most cases this crime goes undetected. According to official information, there are hardly any Vietnamese victims of human trafficking in Germany. The real dimension of the problem remains hidden from the general public. This is also due to the fact that the Federal Republic has not yet followed up on its international obligations. A reportage from Adrian Bartocha and Jan Wiese.

14 Jan 2021

Congratulations to team members Kristof Clerix and Doruntina Islamaj

Team members Kristof Clerix, Doruntina Islamaj and Roeland Termote have won the Belfius press prize, for their articles about Modern Slavery in Belgium, about human trafficking and exploitation in Vietnamese nail salons. Read more in Knack.

Read their prizewinning articles here:

Knack: Knack onderzoekt: zwartwerk, uitbuiting en mensenhandel in Belgische nagelsalons
De Standaard: Nagels lakken om smokkelaars terug te betalen
VRT: De echte prijs van goedkope nagels: steeds meer moderne slavernij en uitbuiting in Belgische nagelsalons

26 Nov 2020

EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Today is EU Anti-Trafficking Day. That is why Free Press Unlimited and Defence for Children made a series in which the fight against human trafficking is viewed from three perspectives: from the perspective of journalism, the justice system and the protected shelter.

Lost in Europe is featured in the series. The Lost in Europe investigative journalists Doruntina Islamaj and Roeland Termote speak about the approach to their investigation into the exploitation of Vietnamese minors in Belgian nail salons, the impact it had, and the importance of good international cooperation in the fight against human trafficking.

Read the interview here: http://ow.ly/TpJx50BVtjl

And watch the video http://ow.ly/w4cW50BVtjm

18 Oct 2020

Leak sensitive information of human trafficking victims

Personal details of human trafficking victims were published on the public internet by COA, the governmental refugee organization of the Netherlands. This leak of sensitive information concerning hundreds of vulnerable people may compromise ongoing judiciary proceedings. Article by Lost in Europe's mediapartner NRC Handelsblad.

23 Jun 2020
Vietnamese migrant file

Sanne Terlingen nominated for Tegel award

Sanne Terlingen of the Lost in Europe collective has been nominated for the Tegel journalism award! This is in the category News, for her revelations around Vietnamese migrants who went missing from protective shelters in the Netherlands.

20 Apr 2020

Indications of human trafficking confirmed

After our journalists revealed last year that 60 Vietnamese children vanished from a protected shelter that should have protected them from being trafficked, the entire House of Representatives demanded an investigation. Argos zooms in on the main findings of the report. How thorough was the research done? What has been discovered? And has that been neatly presented by the State Secretary?

28 Mar 2020

State secretary pretends missing Vietnamese children have gone backpacking

In a letter to the House of Representatives, the State Secretary pretends that Vietnamese minors use protected asylum centers as hostels. Anyone who reads the underlying report sees a failing approach to human smuggling and human trafficking. Dutch Rapporteur Mensenhandel says The Netherlands acts too little with signals of human trafficking.

25 Mar 2020

Almost all young Vietnamese in protected shelters disappear

Vietnamese minors leave the protected shelter in the Netherlands with an unknown destination. Two of them tragically died in late October 2019 in a refrigerated truck in Essex, UK, together with 37 other migrants. Researchers see signs of human trafficking and smuggling. How could this happen? Our journalists paid a visit to one of these shelters.

23 Mar 2020

Second victim of truck drama Essex also stayed in Dutch shelters

Not one, but two victims of the truck drama in Essex stayed in a sheltered shelter in the Netherlands prior to their death. This has emerged from an identification investigation by the police, the COA (Central Organ for Asylum-seekers intake) confirms to Argos and NRC Handelsblad when asked.

23 Mar 2020

Vietnamese children vanished from protected shelters. And our government knew

The Dutch government has known for over five years that Vietnamese children go missing from protected shelters. Signs of human smuggling and trafficking have also been clearly reported to authorities. This is shown by quarterly reports of protected reception centres Jade and Xonar, that Argos and Lost in Europe have obtained.

read at VPRO Argos
Language: Dutch
11 Mar 2020

Dutch governmnent has known about missing Vietnamese children for years

The Dutch government has known for over five years that Vietnamese children go missing from protected shelters. Signs of human smuggling and trafficking have also been clearly reported to authorities. This is shown by quarterly reports of protected reception centres Jade and Xonar, that Argos and Lost in Europe have obtained.

read at VPRO Argos
Language: Dutch
9 Mar 2020

Major police raid against Vietnamese smugglers. Action in Berlin

Young Vietnamese, waiting for their onward transport to West Germany, France, Holland or the UK were found during a large raid conducted by a massive police force in numerous properties in the greater Berlin area. It's one of the largest proceedings against human smuggling that has entered its decisive phase. The officers searched 21 "Safe Houses" in which the smugglers house smuggled Vietnamese. There they also secured data carriers and other documents.

3 Mar 2020

The disappearance of Hong, Bao, Huong and Thi

It is the end of November 2016 when Hong, Bao, Huong and Thi get into a car with a Dutch registration number in a Parisian suburb. Since then there has been no trace of them '. What does the disappearance of young Vietnamese have to do with Dutch cannabis cultivation?

21 Jan 2020

Vietnamese victim of truck drama disappeared from Dutch shelter

One of the 39 Vietnamese found dead in a refrigerated truck in Essex, England, stayed in the Netherlands prior to his crossing. It concerns a minor boy who "with unknown destination" disappeared from the protected shelter. A spokesperson for the COA (Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers) confirms this to our journalists at Argos.

23 Nov 2019

Vietnamese discovered dead in Essex smuggled through Berlin

Several of the Vietnamese victims who were found lifeless in a refrigerated container in Essex, England in October, had been in Berlin before their death, Dutch investigative journalists at Argos and rbb24 Recherche find. Not an isolated case: in the past few years, the smuggling of young Vietnamese into Western Europe has increased significantly.

22 Nov 2019

Vietnamese deaths highlight the weakness of measures meant to protect them

The Essex drama highlights how the UK has become an epicentre for trafficked Vietnamese in Europe. For years, Vietnamese have been trafficked into the UK in trucks arriving from Belgium or France – so this latest incident would seem like nothing out of the ordinary. But what has shifted is the age of the people involved – they are younger and the tactics of their traffickers are more dangerous.

read in The Article
Language: English
14 Nov 2019

Undeclared work, exploitation and human trafficking in Belgian nail salons

Dirt cheap Vietnamese nail salons are sprouting like mushrooms in Belgium. But a dark reality hides behind the shiny display cases, according to research by Lost in Europe journalists at Knack, De Standaard and VRT NWS. Some salons are a link in an international chain of modern slavery.

3 Jul 2019

The real price of cheap nails: modern slavery and exploitation

Cheap nail salons in Belgium appear to be places for human trafficking, undeclared work and modern slavery. Young Vietnamese, often underage, work for a starvation wage. To get to Europe, they paid thousands of smuggling euros to criminal networks. Our Lost in Europe colleagues in Belgium investigated the growing world of Vietnamese nail salons.

2 Jul 2019

44 Vietnamese minors went missing from Belgium shelters

Since 2017, 44 Vietnamese minors have disappeared in Belgium from the Belgian reception centers for unaccompanied minors. The Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil) confirms this to VRT NWS, Knack and De Standaard. Nobody knows where the young people ended up.

2 Jul 2019

44 Vietnamese minors vanished from sight in Belgium

Since 2017, 44 Vietnamese young people vanished from our Observation and Orientation Centers (OOC)', says Fedasil. 'All went missing, but 1 young person who received adapted shelter as a potential victim of human trafficking. The vast majority of these youngsters do not apply for asylum. The majority disappears within 24 hours of arrival.'

2 Jul 2019

How Vietnamese children end up as slave laborers

32 Vietnamese children and adolescents are currently missing in Brandenburg. Investigators suspect internationally operating human traffickers behind it. The Berlin Dong Xuan Center apparently plays an important role in the network. By Adrian Bartocha

20 Jun 2019

The disappeared children

Smuggled in, picked up, disappeared - nationwide there is a lack of clarity about the fate of illegally immigrated children from Vietnam. Apparently there is an international smuggling network behind it.

20 Jun 2019

Vietnamese children vanish from Dutch shelters to be trafficked into Britain

The findings of the investigation raise serious questions about the efforts of EU states to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable children, and highlight the failings of the British and Dutch authorities to care for unaccompanied minors properly. There are more Vietnamese children than any other nationality identified or suspected of being trafficked into the UK.

30 Mar 2019

Dozens of Vietnamese children disappeared from protected shelter

At least sixty Vietnamese children disappeared after their arrival in the Netherlands. For the past five years, they had been placed in protected reception centers for unaccompanied minors who are at high risk of becoming victims of human trafficking.

30 Mar 2019