There is a lot to do ( publicity-wise) about the very sad topic: human trafficking and modern slavery. To be more sensational media are focusing on women-trafficking. The fact that this exists is indeed very sad and should be taken seriously. Who can argue about it: we all are strongly against women ( and men) who are forced to work in prostitution ( or any kind of job) The numbers that are quoted are grand. I’ve heard numbers like 80 % of all prostitutes are forced in the profession. They are raped 10 times a day, and beaten, their passports are taken away, their families threatened and-so-on and-so-forth.
Mostly these comments and numbers provided are coming from government supported groups: these taxpayers organizations are trying
to make it look like these crimes and abuse are widespread and common practice in the prostitution business. Nowhere I hear or read about one single prostitute, or nowadays we are called sex-workers, who is making a statement about the subject.Well…Let me be the first!
I’m a woman with experience of all kinds of prostitution and its variety of working styles, such as escorts, clubs, brothels, private houses, home prostitution, window work and even street work. I’ve worked as a
prostitute many years and I have experienced myself not only the job but also the business approach in all its facets. I see a situation that is very different from what the media and politicians is claiming as being the
In my experience only 2 or 3 % of all prostitutes are forced into the job.
That means 97% of all prostitutes in Holland are working out of free will and freedom of choice.
I see hard working girls trying to get by, I see classy call girls who are living a fast life, I see mothers supporting their family and kids, I see friendly and intelligent women working independently as a prostitute
and are happy with their jobs.
Regardless how you feel about prostitution in general anyone can chose to be one, like I’m saying: by choice.
Now the politics and anti trafficking organisations want to ban prostitution in general: this is already happening in Holland and Amsterdam: Closing down brothels for vague and disputable reasons, closing down windows in the red-light district , closing down escort agencies because they are not able to follow the absurd regulations of the licences (licences that are merely invented to control women-trafficking?! ) but are now a weapon in the hand of the government just to cut down the prostitution businesses. Its not a secret anymore, all this bad publicity and criminalisation of a complete trade will lead to the closing down and forbidding of prostitution
Now the newest weapon will come soon: a registration of working and ex prostitutes is at hand. Not only will there be illegal prostitute-organisations, there will be illegal prostitutes too… Can you imagine what that will do to the the prostitutes that are working by choice?
They, if they want to remain doing the job confidentially, are no longer able to call upon: the doctor in case they are ill, call upon the
police if they are in need, advertise their services in the open to give only
Then second: what will happen with their privacy? How will look on your CV stating that you are a prostitute? I don’t think that being a prostitute stamped in your passport and in your official papers will be good
for you. ( let’s not even start about the (social) status of a prostitute)
Many women that I know are paying enormous amounts for taxes, working space, protection, insurance and health care.They say their biggest pimp is the tax!
Many of the girls have already gone undercover, working together with girlfriends renting apartments, working secretly and are not visible anymore for any kind of contact with official organisations. They want to be left alone and just do their job discretely.
Before( 2006) the majority were working safely and pleasantly in the windows, clubs and escort agencies but the police and tax raids ( again against women-trafficking #sic ) forced them to move elsewhere.
My opinion as a prostitute and expert in the trade is that the politicians should leave the prostitution alone. We’ve always taken care of ourselves and each other and tried to improve our working conditions over the years. How about giving a little bit of the taxpayers money to the the “rode draad“? ( the self-proclaimed prostitutes’ union) No they are not getting one single cent! It’s not desirable for official authorities to actually speak and listen to the prostitutes themselves and to improve the sex-trade from within.
The ultimate career after quiting to work as a prostitute is no longer starting your own club, window or escort it is now: being a house cleaner.
Instead of giving us rights and honest working conditions we are now being rescued.
We want rights, not rescue.
We do not want to be criminalised.
We do not want to be victimised.
We do not want to to branded or registered.
It is not surprising to me and my colleagues that there is not at all any cooperation anymore toward officials. What good did it bring in the past? What bad will it bring in the future?
There is a great report written about this subject by Laurens Buijs working at the UVA. It is in Dutch…