How expensive are brothels in the Netherlands

Netherlands: whores normal service providers

The oldest trade in the world is becoming a completely normal profession in the Netherlands. On October 1st, the brothel ban falls - prostitution becomes a legal service. Good news for the estimated 6,000 prostitutes comes from their advocacy group “Der Rote Draht” (De Roode Draat). Whores could finally give up their lives in illegality and would have a legal handle against pimps, coercion and poor working conditions. The bad news for them: They also have to pay taxes and social security and keep accounts.

"Many whores are afraid of it," says a spokeswoman for the prostitutes' union. They don't know what to expect. Most wanted to remain independent entrepreneurs, but shied away from the paperwork. Social welfare offices, tax authorities and labor law are also not yet prepared for the new profession. When is a whore considered unable to work, from when can she retire? "Many are sure to dive into illegality," fears the "Red Wire". Many women from South America and Eastern Europe were already working illegally.

But the police and the judiciary are relieved. "We can finally fight the excesses of prostitution," says the Ministry of Justice. Everything is now "more transparent", including human trafficking and the sexual abuse of children.

Bad news is the new law for pimps and brothel owners. You must now be prepared for controls. Anyone who employs minors or prostitutes from non-EU countries is at risk of having their license withdrawn. The requirements for a brothel vary depending on the municipality. But everywhere applies: condoms are compulsory and the rules on the size of the rooms or the windows behind which the light ladies sit in the world-famous red light district of Amsterdam must be adhered to.

Arie de Jong, owner of a brothel in The Hague, is angry- “It's getting more and more difficult for us. Many rooms are already empty because we cannot find enough women from the EU. " He has nothing of the new law. "If I want a loan from my bank tomorrow, I won't get it, whether my business is legal or not."

Legalization will also cost the pimps money. Because as a proper employer, you also have to pay social security contributions. And they will have to be prepared for collective bargaining. The Dutch Trade Union Confederation has already announced its intention to help the new employees. epd

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