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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

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

Dozens of pregnant women disappeared from Shelter

Dozens of pregnant African women have disappeared from asylum seekers' centers in the Netherlands in the last two months of the past year. The women may have been victims of human traffickers and illegal adoption, according to a memo from the Expertise Center for Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling (EMM) in the hands of our journalists at Argos and NRC Handelsblad. Investigative agencies have no idea where the women currently reside.

19 Feb 2020

Nigerian girls leave asylum seekers' center in hot pants

Between 2018 and 2019 the number of Nigerian asylum seekers in the Netherlands has exploded. What is striking: many of them leave quickly. Where they are now is unknown. In little over a year, the Expertise Center for Human Trafficking and Smuggling (EMM) received '107 signals of human trafficking and smuggling' among Nigerians, ranging from sexual exploitation to forced drug distribution. Police and judiciary are concerned: is there any exploitation of Nigerians in the Netherlands? It looks like it. Asylum seekers' centers are receiving threatening calls to the Nigerians who live there, stories are circulating about voodoo rituals and babies are said to be trafficked.

10 Jun 2020

Data of victims of human trafficking put on the internet

With a serious data breach on its website, the Dutch Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) has put hundreds of victims of human trafficking at risk. Last week, the COA published a document online with reports of human trafficking in and around asylum seekers' centers throughout the Netherlands.

23 Jun 2020

At least 150 asylum seekers can be traced back to the COA data breach

After a data breach at the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), 150 suspected victims of human trafficking and smuggling may have been at risk. This is evident from a response from the COA, which accidentally published nearly 1,200 reports of suspected human trafficking on its site in June.

30 Aug 2020

1600 children disappeared from asylum centers

Over 1,600 asylum children have run away from reception locations in the past 4.5 years. The children have left “with an unknown destination” and it is not clear where they are now. This is evident from figures that NRC requested from the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and Nidos, which has custody of all unaccompanied minors in the Netherlands. The numbers are higher than known so far, because the Nidos figures were not included earlier. NRC is part of the international journalist collective "Lost in Europe" that investigates runaway asylum children.

2 Jun 2019

Procecutor Warner Ten Kate: 'Many children are still running away'

For at least fifteen years, children have been disappearing from asylum centers. Now they are Vietnamese. Time for action, says Warner ten Kate. Warner ten Kate, national prosecutor in charge of human trafficking, had a flashback when he read the investigation into the disappearance of Vietnamese children from asylum centers late last month. Wait a minute, Ten Kate says on the phone, and he searches his digital archive. 'Shall I just read it?'

10 Apr 2020

177 children disappeared from the Asylum Seeker' Center Oisterwijk, NL

In ten years, 2,500 children disappeared from asylum centers. There is little one can do about it.

12 Jan 2020

Frugal reception does not detain asylum children

The guidance of minor asylum seekers is inadequate. More than 1,600 children ran away from reception locations for asylum seekers in the past 4.5 years, according to figures requested by NRC this week. It is not known where they are of the runaway children under the age of eighteen.

6 Nov 2019

Not a single child from Camp Moria has arrived in the Netherlands

A few days after the fire, the Dutch cabinet promised to bring 100 "of the most vulnerable victims of this disaster" to the Netherlands. The promise has not been kept.

9 Feb 2021