THE HAGUE (AFP) – The Dutch government said Tuesday (Oct 15) it is eyeing new laws to regulate prostitution including banning sex workers aged under 21 and handing out permits. The reforms come as the Netherlands works to improve living conditions for sex workers and combat human trafficking, a statement said. The Netherlands legalised prostitution in 2000 but concerns have grown about the unchecked growth of the industry. “A new legally required permit will soon be introduced for all prostitutes and those in the sex-worker industry to regulate it and combat human trafficking,” the government said. Those without permits would be breaking the law – including clients who make use of illegal prostitution. Pimping, transporting and acting as a body guard to sexworkers who don’t have a permit will also be illegal. Around 7,000 people work in the paid-sex sector in Amsterdam alone where the country’s best-known red light area is situated. About 75 percent of its sex workers come from low-income countries, particularly eastern Europe, according to official figures. In the Netherlands, sex workers have to register with the local chamber of commerce and pay income tax. But Dutch authorities have become increasingly concerned about the spread of the… Read full this story
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