Three men arrested for forcing Hungarian girl, 13, into prostitution

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Three men have been remanded in custody for forcing a 13-year-old girl to work as a prostitute in Roermond in Limburg province. The men, one Dutchman aged 48 and two men from Hungary aged 49 and 51, were arrested last Friday after police found the girl at a property in Roermond. They have been charged with human trafficking. The men are thought to have taken the girl from an orphanage in Hungary and brought her to the Netherlands, the police statement said. She was found following a tip-off. Over 6,000 people in the Netherlands are the victims of human trafficking every year, two-thirds of whom are coerced into the sex trade, according to a report from the national reporter on trafficking in human beings and sexual violence in October. The maximum penalty for human trafficking was increased to 12 years in 2012 but  the average sentence was 585 days. Just five suspects last year were jailed for more than 1,500 days and almost a quarter of suspects are eventually found not guilty, the NRC said earlier this year.   More >

British man missing after fall from boat

No trace of British man who fell from party boat in Noord Holland canal Police and rescue workers have failed to find any trace of the British man who fell from a boat in the North Sea canal shortly after midnight on Saturday during an on board party. The boat’s captain saw the man fall from the deck of the boat near Westzaan to the west of Amsterdam and threw him a lifebelt but the man had already disappeared under the water, local paper Noord Hollands Dagblad said. The emergency services searched for the man for several hours and the canal was closed to traffic while the hunt continued. A second search attempt, using divers and boats equipped with sonar, was halted on Sunday evening after failing to find any trace of him. The man is thought to be one of a group of people from Newcastle who were staying on the boat. According to local broadcaster AT5, the water temperature is currently around seven degrees and there is no hope that the man is still alive.   More >

More health insurers publish new premiums

Sven Kramer, Ireen Wüst win world allround speed skating titles – again More Dutch health insurance companies have been publishing their premiums for next year, ahead of the six week window for changing policies. Ohra is increasing its price for the basic package by €3.40 a month to €107.95, citing increasing demand and wage costs as reasons for the increase. Delta Lloyd is also increasing the price of its basic free-choice policy by 3.24% to €119.58. However Zorg en Zekerheid is cutting its policy price by €1 a month, using its reserves to pay for the cut. Both Delta Lloyd and Ohra also said they had dipped into their reserves to keep premium prices low. DSW, traditionally the first to announce its fees ahead of the new round of price hikes, said last month it will cut its premium charges by 50 cents a month, taking the price of the basic healthcare package to €107.50 a month. The four biggest players - Achmea (Zilveren Kruis), VGZ, CZ and Menzis, with control some 90% of the market, have until November 12 to publish their fees. The caretaker government said in September it expected premiums to rise by around €80 a year but all the price rises announced so far have been well below this. The new government has frozen the own-risk payment which everyone has to pay towards the cost of their treatment a year at €385.  More >

Father and son face jail after fatal crash

Father and son face jail after fatal crash, deny they were in a road race A father and son who took part in an impromptu road race through a Dutch village which left a 19-year-old woman dead should be jailed for five and three years respectively, the public prosecution department said on Friday. The 54-year-old man, named as Walter van W. drove his Porsche at speeds of up to 160 kph along a narrow dyke road in what appeared to be a race with his son Caspar, who was driving a Mini Cooper, the court was told. An investigation by the Netherlands Forensic Institute showed the two had driven of speeds of at least 167 kph in area where 50 kph is the maximum. 'They drove absurdly fast,' the public prosecution told the court. Van W's car smashed into the car driven by the young woman as she turned out of a driveway onto the road in Loosdrecht. She died of her injuries in hospital two weeks after the crash took place. Walter van W was also found to have twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. The two had been out to dinner together earlier in the evening. Liars The two men deny taking part in a road race or driving so fast through a built-up area, but did admit to breaking the speed limit. During the hearing they accused witnesses who had seen the cars bumper to bumper driving very fast through the narrow street as lying. Son Caspar, a pilot for Transavia according to the Telegraaf, told the court he could lose his job if convicted, reported. The case continues.  More >

'Gov't won't meet climate change targets'

Sven Kramer, Ireen Wüst win world allround speed skating titles – again The new Dutch government will not meet its climate change targets if the coalition agreement alone is used as the basis for policy, the Netherlands' Environmental Assessment Agency said on Monday. The measures outlined in the coalition plans will only have half the impact the government hopes and additional action will be needed to meet targets, the PBL advisory body said in a new report. The PBL is part of the economic affairs and climate ministry and carried out the analysis of the new government's plans on behalf of opposition parties, led by the left-wing greens GroenLinks. The cabinet target is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 49% on their 1990 level by 2030, but that is unlikely to be more than 35% to 42%, the PBL said. Ministers have two major strategies - carbon capture and storage and the closure of the remaining coal-fired power stations. Uncertainties However, the PBL points out, carbon capture is still in its infancy and it will cost so much money that there is nothing left for other projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Other parts of government policy, such as the wish to ensure all new cars are emission free, are so uncertain that the PBL has not taken the potential impact into account. In addition, all the prognoses are uncertain because they are strongly dependent on European measures, the PBL said. For example, the cabinet says that closing power stations will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12 million tonnes, but depending on what happens in the European electricity market, the reduction could be as low as eight million tonnes or as high as 16 million tonnes, the PBL said.  More >