Dutch Minister scraps plans for 'hustler ID'

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten has scrapped plans to introduce a 'hustler ID' for prostitutes. The ID was to be introduced to combat illegal practices, such as underage prostitution, people trafficking and forced prostitution.

The idea received servere criticism from both the prostitution sector and parliament. Prostitutes feared the ID would force many of them underground or that their data could be misused.

Prostitutes would have been required to apply to the local council for a 'hustler ID' every three years. MPs rejected the proposals because they say registering prostitutes would only drive them into the illegal circuit.

Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands since 2000.


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