Human Traffic Watch

NFS NEWS: NEW LAWS TO REGULATE PROSTITUTION IN AMSTERDAM’S RED LIGHT DISTRICT

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on November 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

In Amsterdam, Not For Sale works to build relationships with those in the Red Light District who could potentially come from an exploitative situation via outreach efforts, providing nutritional services, as well as health checks when applicable. Not For Sale has counted over 35 nationalities during their work in the area, with the overwhelming majority coming from economically distressed countries, situations of poverty and abuse.

To combat this, registration will be obligated for women who rent window brothels in the Red Light District. Prior to these stricter registration laws, city officials were unaware of how many different nationalities were present in the Red Light District.

The city will also be raising the age for women entering prostitution in order to protect young girls who may be victims of loverboys from working in Amsterdam. The current age is 18 years old, but will be raised to 21 years old in the new year. Brothel owners will also be held to stricter regulations, and focus is starting to shift towards those who purchase sex. A new clause in the regulations will hold buyers of sex accountable if they are caught with a victim of human trafficking.

Source: Not for Sale

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