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Starting sex work

When can you start?

Prostitution is a legal profession in The Netherlands. It is important that it is your own choice of course. You are allowed to work as a sex worker if:

  • you are 18 years old or over;
  • you have a legal resident’s permit (no tourist visa);
  • you are not forced by others to do this work;
  • you work at a licensed workplace.

A registration is needed. You can be registered at the town register office (Gemeentelijke Basis Administratie, GBA). The personal details of everybody who lives or lived in The Netherlands are registered here. Your address can be your home address or the address of a close friend. Note: you do need this person’s permission.

National Identity Number
Your national identity number (Dutch:BSN) is a unique number which is linked to your personal details. It is a unique personal number for everyone who is registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database. As soon as you have registered at the town register office (GBA), you will receive your national identity number.

Please note: having a national identity number does not automatically mean that you will have to pay tax. For this you should register at the tax authorities (Dutch: Belastingdienst).

Health and Social Support Services for Sex Workers in Europe

www.services4sexworkers.eu is a website that presents a directory of services available for sex workers in 25 European countries, and legal information regarding sex work, migration and access to health.

An European network of 26 organisations in 25 EU countries, which works with and for sex workers since 1993, and advocates for sex workers' rights.

www.services4sexworkers.eu informs sex workers, health and social workers about respectful and non-discriminatory support available across Europe.


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