Monday, June 12, 2006

Tips for Johns who visit the Netherlands

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Want to visit a legal free prostitute in the Netherlands???

I can show you the way,

read this first,

This is all part of my overhaul

I believe that the Netherlands is studying its prostitutes with an accuracy unheard of in many other countries. Tons of reports and statistics, but unfortunately they raise more questions than answers. I have forced myself to actually read all of those extremely dull reports from start to finish (I didn’t do that before, I only thumbed through many of them, selected the information I needed, and haven’t read them completely, so I’ve missed a lot of stuff I actually was looking for, and found it by just reading the reports completely. That’s very stupid of me, so I’m setting the record straight.)

I have made a special selection of the best quotes of two reports I’m currently reading.

...read it, and weep...

Mensenhandel in Nederland
[This one’s originally in Dutch, and I’ve made a special translation for you]
(…) aside from that, in a study of the Werkgroep Prostitutie en Mensenhandel [Working Group on Prostitution and Human trafficking], the number of prostitutes from outside the EU is also estimated at 50% (Luyck en Van Soest, 1999). And although not all of these prostitutes work illegally in the Netherlands, experience shows that in most cases this is the case (Visser, 2000). Furthermore there’s a reasonable agreement among key figures that “the majority” of the foreign prostitutes in the Netherlands are economically exploited and therefore victim of human trafficking (Visser, 2000). [footnote at the bottom of that page: “This is according to insiders probably also true for legal, Dutch prostitutes.”] (…)
Concerning domestic human trafficking it is observed that also only a part of the legal prostitutes in the Netherlands are self-employed and independent. The majority is, judged by the experience of the interviewees, dependent on pimps. This phenomenon will continue to exist according to them, although the labor conditions will improve in some circumstances. (…)

Third report of the National rapporteur Human Trafficking
(…) Among the 666 arrested suspects there are 64 proprietors of primarily - partially legal - clubs and brothels. The percentage of proprietors among the suspects remained virtually the same from 1999: about 10%. Many of the arrested proprietors (53, or 83% were ‘referred’ to the PPS.
As well as the criminal prosecution of proprietors of sex establishments, there is also the possibility for an ‘administrative procedure’: imposing administrative measures (sanctions). It has been examined for 2002 how often this occurred. In that year, a total of 140 prostitution establishments were involved in 46 of the successfully completed investigations into THB. Of these 140 establishments, 38 (27%) were unlicensed (partly because some municipalities had not yet properly organized their licensing procedures). [footnote at the bottom of that page: “It concerned 69 clubs, of which 16 (23%) were unlicensed, 52 window brothels of which 12 (23%) were unlicensed, 12 escort services of which 6 (50%) were unlicensed and 4 other businesses without licenses (Turkish coffee houses in all cases). It is unknown for 9 prostitution establishments (4 clubs, 3 window brothels and 2 escort services) whether they possessed a license.”] (…)

PS: notice that most of the human trafficking in brothels takes place in licensed brothels, and that even many window-brothels have still not been licensed. It must be admitted though that 9 investigations also concerned off-venue prostitution (like street prostitution).

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2 comments:

Jonathan said...

"Furthermore there’s a reasonable agreement among key figures that “the majority” of the foreign prostitutes in the Netherlands is economically exploited and therefore victim of human trafficking (Visser, 2000)."

FALSE, and disproved by 2004 Norwegian government study.

"notice that most of the human trafficking in brothels takes place in licensed brothels"

Of course, licensed brothels are the majority ...

Donkey said...

Yes, but shouldn't it be true that in a country where prostitution is legal the supervision is so good that human trafficking has moved underground?

There should be NO human trafficking in REGULATED BROTHELS!!!!!!!!