Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Lucas Hartong Discusses Demmink Child Sex Abuse Scandal With Human Rights Students at Georgetown Law School

Hartong Describes the Dutch Government's Inadequate Investigation into Serious Allegations Against the former Dutch Justice Ministry Secretary General WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Lucas Hartong, a Dutch Member of the European Parliament, met last week with human rights students at Georgetown Law School, organized by the student President Stephanie Redfield, to discuss charges of child sex abuse against the former Secretary ... Read more

Letter from Members of Congress to Trafficking in Persons Office Regarding Demmink Investigation

The Honorable Luis C deBaca Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Ambassador, Accountability for government officials who participate in human trafficking is a cornerstone of the U.S. and international strategy to fight human trafficking. Corrupt government officials use their power to protect traffickers, exploit victims, and/or create a climate of impunity such that victims are unabl... Read more

Women's group: Investigate sex tourism

One of the largest women’s groups in the nation, Concerned Women for America, is urging the U.S. State Department to downground the Netherlands’ ranking among free countries for unresolved allegations that a high government official engaged in child exploitation and sex tourism. WND reported last year on the case involving Joris Demmink, onetime Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice for the Netherlands. At that time, U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., issued a statemen... Read more

Bakker Schut Foundation's Adele van der Plas Urges Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to Answer Questions Regarding the Serious Violation of the Lanzarote Convention by the Netherlands Completely and Swiftly

AMSTERDAM, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Following the submission of "disappointing answers" to questions submitted by Council of Europe Minister Luca Volonte regarding a "serious violation of the Lanzarote Convention by the Netherlands" in the Joris Demmink pedophilia investigation, Adele van der Plas, Managing Director of the Bakker Schut Foundation and attorney for Turkish victims of Demmink's alleged pedophilia crimes, issued the following statement: "Despite worldwide atten... Read more

Letter from Concerned Women for America Regarding the Netherlands Tier 1 Status for Combatting Human Trafficking

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca Ambassador at Large Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons U.S. Department of State 2201 C. Street, NW Washington, DC Dear Lou, Our working relationship on the issue of sex trafficking goes back to your early days on the Hill and I have appreciated so much your bipartisan efforts and willingness to bring me, as a conservative, into your inner circle so often as you began your tenure in the TIP office. I want to take advantage of that relationship... Read more