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Bureau of the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Beings (BNRM) Biography

Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“The administrative enforcement of the legalised prostitution sector must not slacken, but be applied stringently and properly, even if this takes up capacity. Prostitution policy, under the responsibility of each municipality, affects and is crucial to the ultimate responsibility borne by central government (Minister of Justice) for the criminal enforcement of THB. This means that the price of a failing enforcement at an administrative level, within the framework of a prostitution policy at municipal level, is (also) paid for at a national level as part of criminal enforcement in THB policy. This fact forces the central government to take more direct responsibility for the prostitution sector, so that it can live up to it better and can be called to account for it.”

“Trafficking in Human Beings – Third Report of the Dutch National Rapporteur,” Mar. 2005


“Since 1 April, 2000 there has been a National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings in the Netherlands. The Rapporteur, Mrs. C.E. Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, is assisted by six staff members who together constitute the Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings (in Dutch: Bureau Nationaal Rapporteur Mensenhandel, or BNRM).”

“About Us,” BNRM website (accessed Jan. 11, 2008)


“The Rapporteur’s main task is to report on the nature and extent of human trafficking in the Netherlands, and on the effects of the anti-trafficking policy pursued. The reports contain information on relevant regulations and legislation, as well as information on prevention, criminal investigations regarding human trafficking, prosecution of perpetrators and victim support. They also contain policy recommendations aimed at improving the fight against human trafficking.”

“About Us,” BNRM website (accessed Jan. 11, 2008)

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  1. Does Legal Prostitution Lead to Human Trafficking and Slavery?