Subject: NEWS: Parliament Votes To Lift Brothel Ban
From: Jyothi Kanics (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 12 1999 - 09:22:32 EST
Parliament Votes To Lift Brothel Ban
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch parliament has voted to legalize brothels,
arguments that proper regulation of the sex industry would help reduce
trafficking in women,
exploitation of minors and drugs crime.
Only the opposition Christian Democrats and three small religious parties
came out against
Tuesday's draft law, which now passes to the upper house for rubber stamping.
If the reform becomes law, from January 1 next year an estimated 2,000
brothels will be treated
exactly the same way as any other business. They will be required to
register their workers, meet
minimum safety standards and conditions.
Labor Prime Minister Wim Kok's coalition government argues that an end to
the ban on brothels
will bring myriad social benefits, making it difficult for criminals to use
illicit sex clubs as a cover and
for illegal immigrants to find work.
Under existing legislation, prostitution is legal but brothels are not,
although they are tolerated in
According to the cabinet, lifting the ban on brothels will strip from the
world's oldest profession the
evils of drugs crime, trafficking in women and smuggling of firearms.
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