More than 40,000 people have called for a prostitution ban in the Netherlands – despite significant objection from sex workers in the country. For almost two decades, prostitution in the Netherlands has been legal and as a result, the capital Amsterdam has become a hub of international sex tourism. Known for its famous red light district, the city has around 700 employed prostitutes working every day. But the law could change after a social media-led campaign, called “I am priceless”, hit more than 42,000 signatures this week. This means the petition will have to be debated in the Dutch parliament. The campaign, set up by Exxpose, a Christian inspired and politically independent youth movement, aims to make paying for sex a punishable offense. The current law in the Netherlands Since 2000, brothels, pimping and prostitution has been legal. According to Sex Work Europe, decriminalising prostitution significantly helped in regulating the sex industry under administrative and labour law and the treatment of sex work as labour. It meant anyone who organised the prostitution of an adult woman or man wouldn’t be breaking any laws, provided it was done with the consent of the prostitute. The new change in law also meant it… Read full this story
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