Prostitutes in Belgium face fines for refusing clients more than 10 times in six months under the new law.

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Belgium’s new law equates sex workers to regular employees, regulating their activity through labor contracts. However, if a prostitute refuses a client more than 10 times in six months, fines are imposed.

  • Belgium’s new law treats sex workers as regular employees, subjecting them to labor contracts.
  • Prostitutes can face fines if they refuse clients more than 10 times in six months.
  • Pimps, licensed by the government, can demand mediation if a prostitute refuses sex frequently, potentially entrenching their power and exploiting workers.
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Belgium’s approach to regulating sex work through labor contracts is a double-edged sword, offering benefits like maternity leave and pensions while imposing fines for refusing clients. While the intention may be to provide better working conditions for sex workers, the law’s implementation raises serious concerns about empowering pimps as state-sanctioned managers. Allowing pimps to demand government mediation if a prostitute refuses clients too frequently risks further exploitation and control over vulnerable workers. Despite provisions allowing prostitutes to refuse or stop sex with clients, the potential for abuse and manipulation remains high. It’s crucial that the Belgian government closely monitors the implementation of this law to ensure the protection and autonomy of sex workers, rather than inadvertently perpetuating systems of exploitation and control.


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