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Amsterdam hiring inspectors to audit prostitutes

DutchAmsterdam.nl — The city of Amsterdam is hiring inspectors who, starting January 1, will audit prostitutes.

The municipality wil check whether prostitutes operating in the city have the correct permits.

The inspectors, most of whom will come from Amsterdam’s City Surveillance Service (Dienst Stadstoezicht), will follow a training course equipping them to recognize evidence of human trafficking.

They will also look for other signs of illegal activities, local daily Het Parool reports.

When such indications are found, police will be notified.

Initially each inspector will be accompanied by a police officer. However, in the future the inspectors may be qualified as special investigating officers — officials who, among other things, have the right to arrest people.

Surveillance will be focused on the window-prostitution areas of the Red Light District, the Singel district and the Ruysdaelkade.

Amsterdam is the first municipality in the Netherlands to audit the prostitution sector in this manner. — DutchAmsterdam.nl

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This post was last updated: Sep. 12, 2011