If you know a victim of human trafficking practices, it is vital that you immediately report this fact to the authorities in order to ensure that the victim is given help and support and to ensure the prosecution of the perpetrators. Reporting crimes of this nature is also crucial to obtain insight into the nature and extent of human trafficking practices in the Netherlands. This information is used to improve strategies that address human trafficking.
Is someone in immediate danger?
Please call the Emergency Number 112.
Do you suspect human trafficking practices taking place?
Any suspicions of human trafficking practices can be reported to the police or the Inspectorate(for labour exploitation). These authorities are responsible for investigating the perpetrators. Any anonymous reports can be made to Crime Stoppers Netherlands (Meld Misdaad Anoniem) or the Criminal Intelligence Unit (TCI) of the Inspectorate SZW. For registration and/or mediation of initial reception or shelter placement, please register the victim with CoMensha.
CoMensha acts as an intermediary between victims, shelters and aid organisations, providing them with information and advice. In addition, it collects data and figures on the nature and extent of human trafficking in the Netherlands for the purpose of national statistics. This information is anonymised and used by organisations such as the Ministry of Security and Justice or the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings to map human trafficking practices in the Netherlands. The protection of the victims’ privacy is paramount when reporting human trafficking crimes. To ensure that victims are correctly registered with CoMensha, please use the CoMensha registration form. CoMensha can be contacted by phone on +31 33 448 11 86.
If you suspect human trafficking or exploitation practices in your vicinity, you should report your suspicions to the local police via 0900 88 44. Reports of human trafficking/human smuggling practices or targeted information will always result in a full investigation of the perpetrator(s). Victims of human trafficking who wish to file an official police report may turn to the Aliens Police, Identification and Human Trafficking department (AVIM) of the police, which is staffed by certified detectives.
The Inspectorate SZW is responsible for the investigation of cases of labour exploitation and is authorised to conduct criminal investigations. Any suspicion of labour exploitation should be reported to the Inspectorate SZW by phoning 0800 51 51 or +31 70 333 44 44 from abroad.
Criminal Intelligence Unit (TCI)
If you would like to report a case of labour exploitation in a situation where providing information may put you or a third party at risk, please contact the Criminal Intelligence Unit (TCI). All activities carried out by the TCI in relation to your notification will be dedicated to the absolute protection of your identity. Please contact the TCI during business hours on one of the following telephone numbers:
Helpline Netherlands (west) +31 6 23 86 61 45
Helpline Netherlands (south) +31 6 10 78 21 17
Helpline Netherlands (north-east) +31 6 10 21 34 45
Helpline for Amsterdam, North Holland and Flevoland +31 6 83 12 04 68
Crime Stoppers Netherlands (Meld Misdaad Anoniem)
Do you want to report a human trafficking offence anonymously? Call Crime Stoppers Netherlands: 0800 70 00 or submit a report online: www.meldmisdaadanoniem.nl/anoniem-melden.