Subject: Re: Brothel legalization-Trafficking prevention
From: Jan Visser (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 01 1999 - 17:19:54 EST
The article from the Associated Press is reasonably correct.
At our website you will find a piece I wrote on the legalisation proces, you
will find it at <www.xs4all.nl/~mrgraaf> and than look under the heading
'prostitution in the netherlands'. There I give the wording of the law
proposal and explain the motives. What happened last week was the debate in
the house of representatives. It became clear that a large majority supports
this legalisation of the exploitation of voluntary prostitution (at the same
time the penalties against force, violence and trafficking are increased).
Off course there are a lot of question marks, and yours truly is given the
assignment by the ministry of justice to do a 4 year monitoring and
evaluation study, which we called De Profeit Studie.
Among the issues are:
the legal position of women from outside the European Union, they will not
get the option for a working permit, that will bring about massive illegal
and hidden prostitution,
the nature of labour contracts, can prostitutes be employers or will they by
definition be self-employed?,
the juridical competence of local government to design licenses including
issues like working conditions, safety, sanitary measures,
the way in which prostitutes will be integrated in the social welfare system
with regard to for instance unemployment benefits, sick pay, pension
Next week the house of representatives will vote, then the bill will go to
the senate, which might discuss it in the spring. The foreseen entry date is
january 1, 2000.
If you have questions, please ask.
Mr A. de Graaf Stichting, Amsterdam
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