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 became legal to operate a brothel.
What the campaigners want
Activists argue that the country’s laws around the sex industry are outdated and exploitative and believe it should adopt the Nordic model, followed by Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Northern Ireland and France.
In these countries, the buying and selling of sex is illegal and if caught, you risk getting penalised, whereas in the Netherlands, it is legal – providing it is between “consenting adults”.
One of the founders of the Exxpose movement behind the petition is social worker Sara Lous.
She told the BBC: “We are feminists and Christians and some of us are neutral.
“The idea is of course that the Netherlands has a safer policy, that decriminalising is safer and it’s a freedom to sell sex.
“But so much is going wrong. we have so much human trafficking and Amsterdam is most vulnerable because of the high demand for cheap sex.”
She also added that a lot of girls are growing up in the country thinking prostitution is an easy way of making money when they should be encouraged to look at other options.
As part of the campaign, the group have been sharing photos on Instagram of supporters holding boards with the message “Ik ben onbetaalbaar” (I’m priceless) along with “what if it was your sister?”.
Not all are happy with the petition, especially sex workers who will be directly affected by this petition should change happen.
For years, sex worker activists have been arguing that the idea of self-determination should apply to prostitution and that a woman’s right to have control over her own body should also give her the right to sell sex.
One woman, who sits on the sex-workers’ collective board at Proud, believes the petition is not in their interest at all.
The woman, known only as Foxxy, told the BBC: “If this happens sex workers will work illegally. Then we’re more likely to be victims of violence. Clients will know we can’t go to the police.
“We will be much more at risk, clients will try to take condoms off, we’re more at risk of being exposed to HIV.“
Politicians also have been pushing the freedom of choice aspect of prostitution, arguing that if a women wants to sell her body, it’s her choice.
Mirror Online has contacted the Netherlands’ Ministry of Justice and Security for comment.
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