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Red Light District — Age Limits for prostitutes and their clients

One of the most-frequently asked questions we receive is this one: In Amsterdam, what is the age limit for prostitutes and their customers?

Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Red Light District by night: Oudezijds Achterburgwal

Prostitution was legalized in the Netherlands in the year 2000.

Legally, prostitution is viewed as a profession like any other. Prostitutes are subject to the same legal requirements as any other business person, including the payment of income tax.

  • Age of Consent
    In the Netherlands, the age of consent for non-commercial sex is 16
  • Prostitutes
    Throughout the Netherlands, prostitutes must be at least 18 years old. A new law, not yet in effect, will soon raise the minimum age to 21. It has not yet been determined at what date the new law will take effect.

    However, since July, 2013, the City of Amsterdam already requires prostitutes to be at least 21 years of age. The city raised the age limit as part of a series of measures to tackle widespread abuse, including human trafficking and slavery.

  • Customers
    Clients must be at least 16 years old — the age of consent. There are calls from a Christian political party to introduce a minimum age of 21 for customers.

In the Netherlands, voluntary prostitution is a legal profession. Forced prostitution is illegal.

Incidentally, prices are negotiated on the spot with the lady of your choice.

Don’t be shy in describing exactly what you are looking for. You’ll end up paying more for any action not previously agreed-upon.

Rates for, well, the basics range from about €50/15-minutes to €150-200/60 minutes.

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This post was last updated: Mar. 27, 2014