Punters to run checks on Dutch prostitutes

16th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Men visiting some prostitutes in the Netherlands will in future first have to call a phoneline to check whether the woman is neither underage nor a victim of people trafficking. Not doing so will be a criminal offence under measures being proposed by Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten.

His plans mostly concern prostitutes who work independently and advertise their services either via brothels or in other ways. People visiting licensed brothels will not have to make the telephone checks.

Pass The government and MPs have been attempting to find ways of tackling abuses in the sex sector, which include exploitation and people trafficking. Plans to introduce passes for licensed prostitutes came up against too much opposition, but a majority of MPs appears to support Mr Opstelten’s present proposal.

The details of the scheme have yet to be worked out but the minister describes it as “an excellent system”. Clients will not have to give their names, but will only have to check whether the prostitute in question is registered or not.


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