[Stop-traffic] News/Netherlands: Prostitution legalised in Netherlands from October 1

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Netherlands: Prostitution legalised in Netherlands from October 1
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 20:31:43 EDT


Prostitution legalised in Netherlands from October 1
Agence France Presse, September 29, 2000

Brothels and prostitution will be legalised in the Netherlands from October
1 when a law approved last December comes into force.

 From that day, brothels will have to conform to the same rules which apply
to any business. Prostitutes will be able to act officially as freelance
workers.

The Dutch Justice Ministry is hoping the new legislation, which in effect
simply brings the law in line with accepted practices, will help control
prostitution and stop the exploitation of minors and illegal immigrants by
pimps.

The new laws enshrine tougher penalties for enforced prostitution, with
jail terms increased from one to six years.

Individuals who have sexual relations with a minor also face criminal
proceedings for the first time.

According to estimates published by the de Graaf Foundation which carries
out research into prostitution, some 25,000 people work as prostitutes in
the Netherlands.
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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