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    Christians Call a Prostitution Ban in the Netherlands

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    Young Christians joined more than 40,000 people in signing a petition which calls for a total ban on prostitution in the Netherlands.

    Non-profit organization, Exxpose, gathered 42,000 signatures within six years to present the petition to parliament, reports Russian news agency Sputnik News. Called ‘I am Priceless,’ the social media-led campaign urges Dutch politicians to adopt the so-called Nordic model, a law that would prohibit paying for sex to help protect vulnerable women.

    There is clearly strong support for a new approach in the Netherlands towards prostitution, especially among well-informed young people. —Louise Gleich of Christian, Action, Research and Education (CARE)

    The Netherlands is known for its lenient laws, and buying and selling sex is legal as long as it is between two consenting adults. But, under the Nordic model—similar to Sweden, Norway, and France, buying sex is a criminal offense.

    According to the group, 78% of Dutch sex workers experience sexual violence, and 68% are victims of physical violence, including rape and murder. Willemijn de Jong, founder of Exxpose, said the majority of sex workers are forced into the business and many are women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    “We are always hearing about prostitutes who are happy with their independence, but they are a very small percentage of the total group and legislation is based on them,” Jong explained.

    Louise Gleich, a policy officer for human trafficking issues, at Christian, Action, Research and Education (CARE) welcomed this initiative from Dutch youngsters, reports Premier. She said, “There is clearly strong support for a new approach in the Netherlands towards prostitution, especially among well-informed young people.”

    Meantime, Sara Lous, one of Exxpose’s leaders, said,”We are feminists and Christians and some of us are neutral.” She added that the petition aims for the Netherlands to have a safer policy towards selling sex. “But so much is going wrong. We have so much human trafficking and Amsterdam is most vulnerable because of the high demand for cheap sex.”

    Dutch authorities have taken notice of the petition and will take up measures to consider making prostitution illegal in the country.

    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce Dimaculangan
    Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@onechristianvoice.com.

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