Re: [Stop-traffic] Request: Dutch legislation on prostitution and trafficking in humanbeings.

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Subject: Re: [Stop-traffic] Request: Dutch legislation on prostitution and trafficking in humanbeings.
From: Marieke van Doorninck (
Date: Wed Oct 18 2000 - 07:52:17 EDT

Dear Angelika,

I'll try to answer all your questions as accurate as possible. If things are
not clear please give me a call (0031206247149)

1. The ban on brothels is lifted the first of october 2000. The proposal
for this change of law was made in 1997 and approved by parliament in 1999.
In the past there have been two attempts to have the ban on brothels lifted
but those were not accepted.

2. persons from outside the EU (EER) were and are not allowed to work in
dutch prostitution. Their presence have been tolerated on a very large scale
for years. Only the last 3 years police in some regions has started to
control the brothles for 'illegal' migrants. In case migrant women were
found they were deported and the brothelowner would get a fine. In the new
licensesystem (since 1 -10-2000) a brothelowner has to obey certain rules in
order to obtain and keep the license. If migrants without (the right)
working papers are found in his brothel he can loose his lisence.

3. Your information on the legislation on traffickig is rather up to date,
but it's hardly possible to get a permanent residence permit after the
criminal procedure. There is no possiblity to work during this period which
is of course a very weak spot in the legislation. the women get welfare.

Please do not hesitate to call me if you need more information.
best wishes,

Marieke van Doorninck, policy consultant
Mr A. de Graaf Foundation, Institute for prostitution issues
Westermarkt 4, 1016 DK Amsterdam
tel: 020 - 6247149, fax: 020 - 6246529

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: Angelika Kartusch <>
Aan: stop-traffic@SOLAR.RTD.UTK.EDU <stop-traffic@SOLAR.RTD.UTK.EDU>
Datum: woensdag 18 oktober 2000 8:00
Onderwerp: [Stop-traffic] Request: Dutch legislation on prostitution and
trafficking in humanbeings.

>dear collegues,
>i am currently about to uptdate the report by the boltzmann institute of
>rights on trafficking in women in austria and international standards.
>therefore i urgently need some additional information on the regulation
>of prostitution in the netherlands and also on the humanitarian
>residence permit for trafficked persons.
>i hope that someone can answer my following 3 questions:
>1) when were brothels legalised in nl? (in bindman/doezema, redefining
>prostitution, 1997, i read about relevant legal amendments in 1996, on
>the stop trafficking list i currently read about a new law entering into
>force on 1 october 2000 legalising prostitution and brothels. this
>confuses me a bit.)
>2)what about possibilities of migrant women to work as prostitutes in
>nl? in "dutch to bar non-european prostitutes" (stop trafficking,
>december 1999) the author wrote about a new law (or only a proposal?)
>that would prohibit sex-work by non-european citizens, but according to
>other sources, this was not legal before, either (bindman/doezema;
>marijan wijers, stop trafficking, november 1999). so what is the legal
>situation is like now and when has it been amended?
>3) concerning the legislation on trafficking: when was the temporary
>residence permit introduced? have there been some recent legal
>amendments or is the information that we have (3 months time to think
>over legal proceedings against the trafficker, then residence permit
>during criminal procedure, afterwards possibility to obtain permanent
>residence permit) still valid? is there also a possibility of social
>insurance or access to the labour market ?
>thank you very much in advance & best regards
>angelika kartusch
>Angelika Kartusch
>Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte (BIM)
>Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
>Hessgasse 1, A-1010 Wien
>tel +43-1-4277-27438, fax -27430
>bim on the web:
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