Each year, about 1,400 underage Dutch girls are blackmailed into sex slavery by young migrants, known as ‘loverboys’, who charm the teens into becoming sex partners, photograph them and then coerce them into prostitution. The men are mostly Moroccans, Turks, Caribbeans, and Roma. The vulnerable girls often come from an unstable home of lower social class. Police, social workers and charities ignore the problem out of fear of being called racist, as most grooming gangs are Muslim migrants.
Seven Muslim men were convicted on charges ranging from false imprisonment to rape and assault. The five victims were between 13 and 15 years old at the time, and it was reported that the gang preyed on girls who had a background of problems at home. The men exploited the young girls on a massive scale that included gang rape. The men await sentencing, which is set for June.