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A great many parties are involved in helping victims of human trafficking. This online referral site provides a central platform for professionals, victims and civilians to find assistance.

The purpose of the National Referral Site for Human Trafficking is to refer professional aid workers, victims and civilians to relevant organisations which can provide further assistance. In addition, the National Referral Site provides a clear overview of the various stages and steps involved in providing support to victims of human trafficking as well as the rights and regulations that are involved in the process.

In concrete terms, the various stages of support are detecting human trafficking offences; protection of the victim; criminal prosecution; and compensation. These stages constitute the main navigation topics of the site. By clicking on the various stages in the menu on the home page, you as a professional will be able to go through the different stages and steps together with the victim and determine what types of support are needed for the victim or case in question. Each step includes information on the relevant rights of the victim and the applicable regulations, as well as on organisations that can offer further assistance.

An overview of the various stages and steps in supporting victims of human trafficking is available below.

The National Referral Site is part of the National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Human Trafficking project of the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. For more information on the National Referral Mechanism, please click here.

Detection

The support process for victims of human trafficking starts with the proper detection of human trafficking practices. Frequently, victims will depend on people in their environment to escape from the situation of exploitation. As a next step, it is vital for victims to be reported to the authorities in order to ensure that they receive the appropriate help and support. For more information about detecting human trafficking practices, please see the pages below:

Protection

Once a person has been identified as a victim, it is paramount to remove the person from the exploitative situation and provide them with safety and security. Victims may be offered protection in various ways. More information about the various types of protection and support for victims of human trafficking is available on the pages below:

Criminal prosecution

Human trafficking is a serious crime. To address and eradicate human trafficking practices, the offenders must be identified and successfully prosecuted. For this reason, it is vital that victims report human trafficking offences. The criminal justice process can be very distressing to victims, given that they must recount their experiences and be confronted with the offenders in court. As such, victims receive various types of protection and support during criminal proceedings. More information about the criminal prosecution of perpetrators of human trafficking and about victims’ rights is available on the pages below:

Compensation

As victims of human trafficking may suffer emotional, physical or material damage, they are entitled to compensation. Even if an offender has not been convicted, victims will have opportunities available to obtain financial compensation. Financial compensation can contribute to redress and recognition of victimhood and can be a vital part in enabling the victim to come to terms with the trauma that they have suffered. More information on the procedures and schemes in place for victims of human trafficking is available on the page below: