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Multidisciplinary inspections on Saba and St. Eustatius

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Oranjestad / The Bottom - In recent weeks, several multidisciplinary inspections were held in the ports of Saba and St. Eustatius. All arriving passengers, the luggage and the crew of the Makana Ferry were checked. The ferry was also checked.

Multidisciplinary checks have also taken place at two construction sites on Saba. During these checks, all employees present were checked for the correct residence documents and signs of human trafficking were also examined.

These actions arise from the intention of the RIEC's cooperation partners to better tackle subversion* in the ports and in construction in the field of human trafficking and labor exploitation on the islands, respectively.

A multidisciplinary team, consisting of the Dutch Caribbean Police Force, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Douane Caribbean Netherlands, the public entity Saba, the Coast Guard, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, supported by the RIEC CN (Regional Information and Expertise Center Caribbean Netherlands) carried out the checks.

No violations were found during the inspections and no fines were issued.

The RIEC CN plays a crucial role in tackling subversion* on Saba and St. Eustatius. Collaboration and sharing of information between different agencies increases the effectiveness of controls and interventions, with the aim of guaranteeing the safety and integrity of the port and construction.

RIEC CN is a partnership in which the RIEC CN is the linchpin with regard to connecting the chain partners. Amongst others through information exchange to tackle undermining crime, prevention and support in the preparation and implementation of joint inspections and actions.

*Criminals use legal companies and services for illegal activities. As a result, standards fade and the feeling of safety and quality of life decreases. This effect is also called subversion.