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Amsterdam May Change Laws Regarding Prostitutes

The city of Amsterdam is debating altering the laws of the sex industry on its own, after attempts to reach a national strategy have seemingly failed, DutchNews.nl reports.

One specific modification is changing the legal age to become a prostitute from 18 to 21, and implementing a language test.

"We need national rules as soon as possible to be able to combat people trafficking," said Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan.

The proposed requirements have sparked heavy criticism, but a council spokesman told the Parool that, "A language test is important because it will not only enable the prostitute to speak to police and social workers but take care of herself in an emergency situation."

The new legislation would not only require all prostitutes to register as sex workers, but would also force clients to check whether the prostitute is registered.

The proposals are set to go to debate next week by the city council executive.

by RTT Staff Writer

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