Number of sexually exploited girls underestimated, says official report

The number of under-age girls forced into prostitution has been underestimated, according to a new independent report due out later on Monday, Nos television reports.

Last year, some 195 out of the 1,200 officially-registered victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking were under age, the report’s author Corinne Dettmeijer told the broadcaster.
But this is an underestimation because youth social workers and other organisations fail to report all cases to CoMensha, which collates cases, Dettmeijer’s report into the trafficking and sexual violence against children says.
In addition, Dettmeijer expects that many young victims – those aged 18 to 23 – were also forced into prostitution when they were minors.
Some 60% of under-age prostitutes have Dutch nationality and are often the victims of sweet-talking young pimps, known as loverboys in the Netherlands, Dettmeijer said.

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