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Naam Prisma Groep Amsterdam (Anaraa Nyamdorj)
Plaats Amsterdam
Datum 11 december 2019


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Dear Minister Grapperhaus,

The Dutch government proposes a new sex work law, the Sex Work Regulation Act (Wrs). I share your concern about human trafficking and violence against sex workers. We are on the same side! Still, I think this law is a bad idea. I am convinced that it will lead to more violence against sex workers. I would therefore ask you to withdraw this proposal.

I think the law is bad because it will lead to more sex workers working illegally than at present. Illegal sex workers are more likely to be and/oc become victims of human trafficking and violence. I am an ally to sex workers, I do not want anyone to be more likely to become victims. Neither do you.

I fear that more sex workers will work illegally because the law makes demands that many sex workers will not be able to meet:

- Sex workers between 18 and 21 have no choice but to work illegally. With many young adults running away from domestic violence situations, sex work remains one of the more dignified and available forms of labour. This law directly endangers the most vulenrable youth.

- Migrant sex workers without a valid residence permit can only work illegally. Refugees and undocumented migrant workers will be more likely to become targets of violence and corresponding impunity by law enforcement officials. Creating legal conditions for persecution of already vulnerable groups is criminal!

- Sex workers who are found not to be sufficiently ‘self-reliant’ can only work illegally. Arbitrariness is human nature. Officials should not be allowed to make decisions about somebody's fitness to work as a sex worker.

They will all be punishable. Criminalisation of sex workers and clients encourages violence against sex workers. We see this every time in those countries where clients have been criminalised.

I am also concerned about the registration of sex workers. All kinds of personal information about me and my colleagues will be recorded in a register. Despite the fact that the law provides guarantees with regard to the security of these data, I fear that they will still become public because of abuse of civil servants or because the security appears is inadequate. In order to avoid this risk, more sex workers will choose to work illegally. And more sex workers risk of abuse and violence.

Concerned citizen,


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