Thursday, December 21, 2017

Alcohol, Drugs, Prostitution and other Abuse at Military Barracks

A confidential internal report from 2015 of the Ministry of Defense mentions that soldiers at the Oranje barracks (Oranjekazerne) in Schaarsbergen regularly drank large quantities of alcohol and used drugs. Furthermore they brought prostitutes into the barracks. It has also become known that soldiers stole or destroyed materials from the Ministry of Defense. Recently abuse in initiation rituals in the barracks has been made public by three former soldiers. Newcomers were subject to systematic harassment, maltreatment, sexual abuse and even rape. Chairman Jean Debie of the military trade union VBM says that similar information continues to reach the union.

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