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Netherlands

Legal Situation:

Prostitution Status: Prostitution has never been illegal in the Netherlands. Since 1988, it has been officially defined as a legal profession and prostitutes joined the Service Sector Union. They have been required to pay income taxes since 1996. Prostitutes are not registered and are not required to get health checks. Pimping and facilitating prostitution is illegal. This technically applies also to maintaining a brothel ("the Brothel Act"), but this law is not enforced and will probably be changed soon. Brothels advertise openly. Cities can regulate prostitution as they see fit. In practice, they often confine street prostitution to certain parts of town and impose conditions on brothels.

There is an organization of prostitution customers called "Stichting Man & Prostitutie" (formerly KLEP) (Postbus 56, 1000 AB Amsterdam, Tel 020-6258429, 11am - 6pm) and also a "Prostitution Information Centre" (PIC) at Enge Kerksteeg 3 (right in the middle of the red light district, next to the church Oude Kerk), 1012 GV Amsterdam, Tel 020-6842479. The PIC distributes brochures, answers questions, and teaches seminars to prostitutes, clients, their spouses, tourists, and school classes. All back issues of their brochures are available for sale; some topics include: price info, tips for disabled customers, safe sex infos, tips for female clients and much more. Their goal is to see prostitution fully accepted by society as a professional calling. They are non-profit and accept donations at PIC, ABN-AMRO Bank, rekening nummer 45.89.40.607.

The age of consent: The age of consent is 16; you have to be 16 to be allowed to visit a prostitute (not enforced) or act in a soft porn movie (enforced) and 18 for hard core or prostitution work. More details are available.

Special practica. S/M, zoophily and toilet sex are legal, making and selling material is also legal - you can buy it in every sex shop; hard core porn is also available at many regular newspaper stands.

Drugs. Even soft drugs such as Marihuana are technically illegal to sell, buy, or possess. However, there are official rules from prosecutor's offices which state that the sale and consumption of weed in so-called "coffee shops" will not be prosecuted (and indeed, it isn't). Possession for personal use is also not prosecuted. (The same policy of technically outlawing but officially tolerating is also used for euthanasia.)

Finding Women:

Magazines with information: unknown.
Newspaper/Phonebook Keywords: unknown

In the urban areas and near the borders to Germany and Belgium, there is street prostitution, window prostitution (prostitutes rent a small room and solicit from behind a window, usually in the red light districts), sex clubs and bars, and escort services and call girls. In rural areas, there are so called "sex farms", brothels which provide living quarters for the prostitutes similar to the brothels in Nevada. Everything is advertised freely in the newspapers.

Travel Reports:

  • Alkmaar
  • Amersfoort
  • Amsterdam
  • Arnhem
  • Breda
  • Deventer
  • Eindhoven
  • Enschede and Hengelo near the German border
  • Groningen
  • Haarlem
  • Hertogenbosch
  • Hilversum
  • Leeuwarden
  • Nijmegen
  • Maastricht
  • Rotterdam
  • Sex Farms near the Belgium border
  • The Hague
  • Tilburg
  • Utrecht and Woerden



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