The number of Dutch victims of grooming gangs has massively increased, Gideon van Aartsen of International Children’s Rights Organisation Terre des Hommes tells Dutch newspaper AD.
Van Aartsen, who leads a group of researchers of the grooming phenomenon, says several different tactics are used to groom and prostitute the Dutch girls.
"Minors are set to work in another country [Belgium] as a method to keep them from running away," the leader of the research group says. According to van Aartsen there’s a massive increase in the number of Dutch ‘loverboy’ victims.
The girls are being groomed, asked to send pictures and blackmailed with these pictures. The men increase the pressure and make the girls prostitute themselves. Some young girls have 20 customers in one day.
The ‘online trade’ of girls is one of the main reasons why Dutch, but also Belgian girls are increasingly prostituted. Girls are being groomed via Telegram, Tinder and school websites.
"It’s big business," Van Aartsen says. "Sometimes 160 men reply to one advertisement within 48 hours."
Research shows that 89% of the pimps have migrant origins and 60% are Muslims. They groom young and vulnerable girls via the internet and put them to work as prostitutes.
This year an investigation of newspaper AD showed how 1,400 very young girls are being groomed and abused by mostly migrant men