The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment's Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate starts an investigation into YouTube stars. There may be child labor. The inspectorate expects to present the results in the second half of this year.
"There is child labor when there is a contract and an authority relationship," explains spokesman Paul van de Burg of the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate. "So if someone else decides that the child must make a nice vlog about NU.nl, for example, and the child then receives money for it."
652 YouTubers are registered as independent entrepreneurs at the Chamber of Commerce, according to figures requested by the AD . A large number of them are minors.
"We know that there are contracts and that money is involved," says Van de Burg. In the coming months, the inspectorate will map out the structures that exist between children, parents and companies that sponsor the vlogs.
The Inspectorate SZW does not intend to issue fines immediately. "This is a new phenomenon. When the Child Working Hours Act was drafted, child vloggers did not yet exist."