Saturday, March 25, 2006

Legal and illegal brothels

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I’m busy at this moment to create a list of brothels in the Netherlands. There are app. 750 licensed brothels in the Netherlands. Those licenses are dealt with on a municipality level. The funny thing is that information about which brothel is licensed and which brothel is not licensed is scattered throughout the Netherlands. Even the VER (Vereniging Exploitanten Relaxbedrijven), an association for Dutch brothel owners, have difficulties creating such a list, because the municipalities are not very open about which brothels have a license.

That’s funny because this way, the Johns too can’t impossible know if the brothel has a license. In a country where prostitution is legal it should be the case that the legal brothels are free of abuses and that the clients are sure that when he visits a particular brothel things are okay.

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