Tamme was a keynote speaker and moderator at an EU conference in Vienna. The main topic was how human trafficking is portrayed in the media; the good and bad practices. We felt priviliged to show members of the press and officials the complexity of THB and how journalists can improve the reporting of it. The conference was instigated by ICMPD, the participants came from Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Moldova.
Our fourth minor course has already come to an end, last year 160 students completed the course on fighting human trafficking. We are proud of our students, who all came from different backgrounds such as journalism, social work, nursing and management. Many of their final assignments can be put into practice in their own field of work. To name a a few: an app to check the working conditions of holiday work, a card game which highlights THB indicators, a presentation about organ trade and the start of refugee project in Greece.
The second batch of postgrad students have received their certificate. Appeals Prosecuter Martin Witteveen handed out the diplomas after giving a lecture. He talked about his work in Rwanda, Uganda and Palestine and elaborated on his involvement with International Justice Mission. a worldwide organisation in the field of fighting THB. Martin demanded more focus on both child prostitution and human trafficking in the supply chains.
On October 9 and 10, the European specialists of the Salvation Army will come together in Lisbon for training and for developing strategies for the fight against human trafficking. Tamme has been invited as keynote speaker and trainer/consultant. To be continued…
On February 10, Reed Business Education organized a seminar on online citizen detection together with TNO. Tamme was there and it was very captivating. Chair of the day was Diederik Greive, Chief Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor and portfolio holder Detection Coverage among others. The questions raised in front of a 100-member audience were: – How does one approach detection, given the developments in social media as well as social commitment and involvement? – What are the established parties facing in that area?
For Christelijke Hogeschool Ede, we developed the minor Approach to Human Trafficking, which will begin this fall. It is a wonderful way to do something against these human rights violations: teaching others what we have learned. As many as 100 students have signed up to dive into this subject with us.
On April 22 and 23, Tamme was back in Romania for a conference and speech in the parliament on human trafficking. Romanian ministers, the former president and a large number of international experts on human trafficking were present. This fascinating visit offered plenty of opportunity to meet new people and to greet old acquaintances. European anti-trafficking network EFN was also present, which is a new network that we are sure to hear more from in the future.
May 27, writer and former FBI expert Marc Goodman visited The Netherlands. Tamme saw him at the police academy where Goodman gave a speech about the future of crime. It was very interesting to see him live and to hear and see the hundreds of interested people debate about the relevant and threatening developments in cybercrime.
For the first time, we had a student (Higher Vocational Education – Social work for Residential Institutions, Community Development and Child and Youth Welfare Work – Windesheim) graduate at our company on the subject of human trafficking indicators. Gemma Mooij is an outstanding talent. After her graduation, she works as a teacher in our minor Approach to Human Trafficking 2015/2016 at Christelijke Hogeschool Ede.
Today Dutch political parties CU, SP and PvdA presented a bill with the intent to fight forced prostitution. Sex buyers should be punishable if they reasonably can suspect that a prostitute is forced to do sex work. More than a year ago we took two MP’s abroad for a documentary on Human Trafficking and prostitution policies. We went with the MPs to Sweden (where sex buyers are punishable, not the prostitutes) and we travelled to Romania, which is a source for traffickers even though the country officially bans everything to do with prostitution. At the end of this documentary MP Segers is writing the first draft of the bill, later on joined by the Dutch Labour Party and the Socialist Party.
The EU has declared 18 October annual EU Anti-Trafficking Day. We have always worried about this phenomenon, and we will continue to do so in the future.
Documentary My Loverboy (2010)
Report KRO (Catholic Radio Broadcasting) Brandpunt (Focus, 2012)
Documentary Behind the Scenes, NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting) (2013)
Video Frontline EU project (2013/2014)
Presentation Human Trafficking 3.0 in Lithuania (2013)
Presentation Behind the Scenes in Romanian parliament (2014)
Behind the Scenes TVFakta in Sweden/Finland (2014)
Several guest lectures for Social Studies CHE (2012-present)
Home of Change and Centrum Kinderhandel Mensenhandel (CKM, Center Child Trafficking Human Trafficking) organize a writing contest on the theme of human trafficking. The jury consists of Tamme de Leur, Renate van der Zee, Olga Hoekstra and Ellen de Ruiter. Both professional writers and hobby writers may write the short stories on the theme of human trafficking. The winner will be announced October 18; he or she will get a publication in the collection ‘Captivated.’
In September we went to Operation Cyberpaint for a research project; a special experience! White hat hackers, Anonymous, cyber security pros and Government together. A beautiful initiative of Deloitte, KPN and FOX IT. In the morning there was a panel discussion with hacker/journalist Brenno de Winter about privacy laws, ethical hacking and the new Dutch e-ID, followed by a paintballing game for the enthusiasts in the afternoon.
Last night our episode of the Dutch TV series De Wachtkamer (The Waiting Room) was aired with the protagonist Tülay. After a serious car accident this young woman slipped in a coma and her family was advised to give her up. Because she was older than 25 years, she is not treated in the Netherlands and the insurance reimburses only the bare essentials. It shows that Tülay after treatment in Belgium can communicate with the outside world. But back in The Netherlands again, she fell back. In response to this concern, the SP, the Christian Democrats and the Christian Union asked parliamentary questions expressing it should not make any difference what your age is or what insurance you have for getting medical rehabilitation.
The experiences of Hilkens and Segers led to a bill and debate in the House of Parliament on the responsibility of whore-hoppers. Meanwhile, excerpts from ‘Behind the Scenes’ were shown in the Romanian parliament and the documentary will be aired from August 2014 on the Swedish/Finnish TV4 documentary channel.