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Listening to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Member

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Hon. Chris Smith

Chairman

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Witnesses

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“Mr. B”

Survivor of Child Trafficking in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Klaas Langendoen

Former Chief of Criminal Intelligence Services

The Netherlands

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Adèle van der Plas

Advocate

Bakker Schut & Van Der Plas

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Samantha Healy Vardaman

Senior Director

Shared Hope International

In this briefing, which Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ -04) moderated, attendees examined how and to what extent allegations of trafficking and abuse should have been investigated. The Commission held this briefing in the context of a series of cases in which allegations were raised against the secretary-general at the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands, Mr. Jorris Demmink, who had been accused by a witness, present at the briefing, of sexually abusing and raping the witness when the witness was being trafficked in a brothel in Amsterdam at age 15.

Demmink had been accused by two Turkish males of having raped them in Turkey between 1994 and 2003. At the time of the assault, the boys were 11- and 14-years-old, and at least one of them was homeless. Unfortunately, the allegations against Demmink were never given a criminal investigation.

Witnesses at the briefing included: “Mr. B”, a survivor of child trafficking in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Klaas Langendoen, the Former Chief of Criminal Intelligence Services for the Netherlands and Private Investigator; Adèle van der Plas, an advocate with Bakker Schut and Van Der Plas; and Samantha Healy Vardaman,  Senior Director with Shared Hope International.

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