The Dutch government is set to implement a new measure requiring cities to monitor sex work to ensure that it is being carried out voluntarily and that minimum age and language requirements are being met.
The measure aims to protect sex workers from abuse and coercion.
It will give cities the right to review company records and intake interviews of sex workers and randomly check the ages of those working in the industry.
However, some have criticized the new rules, including André van Dorst, the head of an association representing businesses in the sex industry, who argues that victims of human trafficking are more likely to be found in illegal, unlicensed operations rather than registered companies.
On the other hand, Ina Hut, the director of CoMensha, an organization monitoring human trafficking, supports the measure, stating that it will also protect sex workers who work voluntarily.