THE HAGUE - An evaluation should clarify what is needed to improve cooperation in tackling human trafficking in the Caribbean. This involves not only the four countries of the Kingdom, but also European counterparts. Undersecretary for Justice and Security Ankie Broekers-Knol wrote this to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament today.
The Undersecretary is thus responding to the motion submitted by Don Ceder MP during the discussion of the Kingdom Relations budget. Broekers-Knol can live with the motion, but emphasizes in her response that tackling human trafficking is a national matter for Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten:
“The motion by member Ceder, submitted to the budget discussion on Kingdom Relations, requests the government, in the run-up to the revision of the Memorandum of Understanding, to explore together with the islands the possibility, willingness, and requirements to arrive at a joint fight against human trafficking in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and improving the reception of victims and how the European Netherlands can improve the reception of victims and how it can support this. First and foremost, tackling human trafficking is a national matter. If the exploration to arrive at a joint control can be interpreted as a joint evaluation within the framework of the MoU, SjenV can send the motion to the Chamber. Prior to the revision of the MoU, an evaluation will take place with the partners involved on the BES islands, the countries in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom and European counterparts. During the evaluation, it is jointly considered what is needed to achieve improved cooperation in tackling human trafficking. It is up to the countries themselves to decide what steps they take as a result of the evaluation.”