Coronavirus : in the netherlands, it is the turn of brothels to reopen - The Point

The Dutch government, was originally on the 1st of September. Finally, it has revised its copy on request of women workers and sex workers, who wish to resume t

Coronavirus : in the netherlands, it is the turn of brothels to reopen - The Point

The Dutch government, was originally on the 1st of September. Finally, it has revised its copy on request of women workers and sex workers, who wish to resume their activity sooner. In the netherlands, brothels have reopened their doors Wednesday, 1 July, after having been closed in mid-march because of the outbreak of coronavirus. Beyond the brothels, these are all "business contact" which was re-allowed into the country.

"We are all so relieved to be able to return to work because a lot of sex workers have received no support from the government," said AFP Foxxy, sex worker in Amsterdam. "We are excited to earn money again," she adds. Sex workers, however, must comply with certain rules in order to avoid a contamination with the novel coronavirus, such as check in advance if a client presents symptoms of the Covid-19.

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No mask required

"Before you make your appointment, I have to check with the client if it feels good, and it does not show any symptoms, or if one of the members of the household showing symptoms," says Foxxy, who works as an independent. She rents a room to a sex club outside of the red light District. Apply the same rules and guidelines health than usual, she said, such as disinfecting the room, wash hands, change the sheets between each appointment.

" What are the basic necessities. But we are not forced to wear a mask during the appointment, thank God, " says Foxxy, an activist at the Center of the prostitution information (PIC) in Amsterdam. She does not expect a decline in activity due to guidelines health strict or to a possible risk of contagion to the Covid-19 : for the day of reopening on Wednesday, his agenda shows " full ".

prostitution is legal in the netherlands since 2000. Sex workers must be registered with the chamber of commerce and pay tax on the income. Some 7,000 people are employed in this sector in the single city of Amsterdam, where approximately 75 % of the prostitutes are from low-income countries, particularly in eastern Europe, according to official figures.

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