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Reflection period for victims of human trafficking

Are you a victim of human trafficking? You can have a reflection period to decide whether you want to report human trafficking. Reporting is not required.

​You may also decide to cooperate in another way with the investigation and prosecution of a suspect or suspects. Before you make this decision, you can have a reflection period.

You can have the reflection period if:

  • You are illegal in the Netherlands. You have been in a situation where human trafficking was involved. You have possibly been victim of trafficking in human beings. Or you may be/have been forced to work in the Netherlands.
  • You are not in the Netherlands. But, you have possibly been victim of trafficking in human beings. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will give you a reflection period.

The reflection period is for no longer than 3 months. During the reflection period, you may stay in The Netherlands. You must report to the police every month in the region where you live.

The reflection period ends in one of the following situations:

  • You fail to report to the police. The police cannot find you at the address where you live. The police decide that you have left with 'unknown destination.'
  • You do not file a report and do not cooperate with the investigation and prosecution of the offenders of human trafficking.
  • You have filed a report and signed the official report. Or, if you cooperate with the investigation and prosecution of the offenders in another way.
  • You have submitted an application for a residence permit for a purpose of stay other than as a victim of human trafficking.

When the reflection period ends, you must leave the Netherlands. You do not need to leave the Netherlands if you have received a residence permit. Or, if you have applied for a residence permit.

The reflection period does not apply to witnesses reporting trafficking in human beings.
 

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