Labour party considers banning visits to prostitutes

Labour party considers banning visits to prostitutes

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The Labour party has started an investigation into the possibility of criminalising visits to prostitutes, the AD reports on Monday.

MP Myrthe Hilkens is to visit Sweden later this week to assess the implications of the ban there. In Sweden people who visit prostitutes can be fined or given a jail term, the AD says.

Deputy prime minister Lodewijk Asscher revealed himself as a fan of the tough Swedish line while alderman in charge of reducing crime in Amsterdam's red light district.

Labour party investigates imposing a ban on visits to a prostitute

Government strategy

Asscher, a Labour party minister, is currently working on a policy document together with justice minister Ivo Opstelten in which the government will outline its strategy to deal with the sex industry.

Hilkens told the AD she is visiting Sweden with an open mind, adding that forced prostitution is one of the 'most important misunderstandings' of our time.

Between 50% and 80% of the women working in the Dutch sex industry are said to have been forced into prostitution. 'It is not the man who visits her who forces her but a people trafficker or a pimp. Or she is forced by addiction,' Hilkens said. 'I feel responsible for these women.'

Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands and brothels can apply for official licences. The government is planning to increase the age at which women can become prostitutes to 21.


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3 Comments To This Article

  • Nika posted:

    on 19th February 2013, 16:19:45 - Reply

    I would advise Ms. Hilkens not to feel responsible for women driven to prostitution because of their drug addiction. Most drug addicts only have themselves and their poor choices to blame. However, there is a bigger problem with this well intentioned idea.

    Presumably, a woman who has been trafficked and forced into prostitution has a pimp who is expecting a certain 'return' from her in the form of the money she earns. If men are no longer allowed to visit prostitutes, then the trafficked woman is no longer able to give the pimp money.

    What happens to her then?

    The poor woman will go from a bad situation to one far worse, I fear.
  • Simon Says posted:

    on 18th February 2013, 17:08:05 - Reply

    Any chance these jokers will stay in Sweden? They seem determined to take Holland back 100 years. Cant he think of his own ideas or does everything have to be copied from Sweden? I mean, if we wanted to live in Sweden we would have moved there already.
  • carrico posted:

    on 18th February 2013, 13:08:06 - Reply

    Will a woman please comment on this article.