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
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.
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.'
Our investigation into the disappearence of Vietnamese children is nominated and on the shortlist for the #IJ4EU impact award European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).
Between 2018 and 2020, 18,292 disappearances of unaccompanied foreign minors were registered in Europe. This has emerged from a study conducted by the journalists' collective Lost In Europe, in which Knack and De Standaard participated.
Since 2018, at least 440 underage refugees and migrants have died on their way to Europe. This is evident from an open source database compiled by the non-profit network UNITED and analyzed by the journalist collective Lost In Europe.