Source: website, the Netherlands, 15 June 2012

Amsterdam — In an effort to counter iniquities within the sex industry, Amsterdam city council are planning on making window prostitution operators in the city’s red light district submit business plans. According to reports in various Dutch media outlets, such plans should include measures to guarantee decent working conditions.

Council plans would also introduce language tests for sex workers to determine their level of independence, and prohibit prostitutes working double shifts. The plans were made public in a council document setting out the city’s sex industry policy programme covering the period until 2017, which was released by the mayor’s office last Friday.

New policies will also require operators to have a duty manager present during an establishment’s opening hours and to implement measures preventing unprotected sex. According to Amsterdam’s mayor Eberhard Van Der Laan the measures are needed to counter the disproportionate levels of power operators in the industry tend to have over their workers. Many of the prostitutes in the city have been victims of force, trafficking or extortion.

The number of prostitutes working in Amsterdam is estimated to lie somewhere between 5000 and 8000.

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