Curb-crawlers in Rotterdam face EUR 65 fine

20th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Men caught trying to pick up a street prostitute in Rotterdam face a EUR 65 fine for a first offence.

20 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Men caught trying to pick up a street prostitute in Rotterdam face a EUR 65 fine for a first offence.

If they refuse to pay, the case goes to court and an additional EUR 10 is added to the amount the offender has to pay.

Only in the most extreme cases will the fine rise to a maximum of EUR 2,225. "But then you would have to be doing your best to be incorrigible," a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) in Rotterdam said on Tuesday.

The OM decided to clarify the situation after Marianne van den Anker, the Alderman in charge of public safety in Rotterdam, warned on Saturday that men who do business with illegal street prostitutes should be fined EUR 2,250.

"If it was up to her, the fine would always be that high," a spokesperson for Van den Anker said on Tuesday.

Rotterdam City Council closed down the city's tolerated street prostitution zone on the Keileweg last week. Street and window prostitution are now illegal in Rotterdam.

Since police began a crackdown on curb crawlers in June, 128 men have been fined.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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