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Demonstration at the Netherlands Embassy

Alleged Victims Accuse Joris Demmink of Pedophilia

And Call for his Arrest

(Washington, DC ) -  August 21, 2012   Shared Hope International, The Rebecca Projectand The Protection Project at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studiesare demonstrating to raise awareness on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 1-2pm at the Netherlands Embassy located at 4200 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

The non-profit organizations are calling for an investigation of Joris Demmink, Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands, who has been accused of child rape, sex tourism, and child sex trafficking. Read more: http://arrestdemmink.com/

Victims within the Netherlands and Turkey allege that Demmink raped them when they were boys and that he was part of a group of pedophiles committing these crimes. Demmink has been accused of using his power to obstruct justice efforts by eluding investigation and prosecution. Demmink stands accused of child sex tourism, a form of child sex trafficking.

The allegations against this high ranking government official are not reported in the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report by the U.S. Department of State, Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons, which gives the Netherlands a Tier 1 ranking – the highest ranking available indicating compliance with the standards to combat trafficking. These allegation have not spurred the European Union to take action, raising serious concern as to the level of seriousness with which governments are responding to human trafficking. Reporters, law enforcement agents, prosecutors, and victims in the Netherlands report that they fear grave personal danger in exposing these crimes.

Who: Shared Hope International, The Rebecca Project, The Protection Project, and advocates

Where: Netherlands Embassy

4200 Linnean Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

When: Thursday, August 23, 2012   1:00-2:00pm