Going Dutch: Dutch driving instructors can be paid with sex!

The Dutch have been put in a bit of a spot over a controversial new law wherein ministers in the government have considered it legal for driving instructors in the country to offer lessons in return for sex.

Representational pic/ Thinkstock
Representational pic/ Thinkstock

Exceptionally dubbed as ‘a ride for a ride’ the law states that the instructors can offer lessons in exchange for sex as long as the students are over the age of 18. Ministers in the Netherlands’ government were forced to defend it after it was branded as undesirable.

The law came under strong opposition from Gert-Jan Segers, from the socially conservative Christian Union party after he tabled a question in parliament suggesting that the practice should be illegal.

Prostitution in the Netherlands is a legal profession, and prostitutes are treated as self-employed persons. But, the prostitutes have an 'escort licence', under which they are allowed to legally operate. They pay their taxes on a self-employment basis.

Divided reaction

Gert-Jan Segers said that learner drivers would not have an escort license, and would not be declaring the sexual services for tax purposes, The Telegraph reported. Netherlands Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice minister Ard van der Steur said, “It is important that the initiative lies with the driving instructor, and focuses on.” They added, “When a sexual act is offered in lieu of financial payment, that is prostitution.”

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