This document answers 19 questions about Dutch policy on prostitution and human trafficking. In 2000, the Netherlands lifted the ban on brothels, so that running one is no longer a punishable offence. The ban was lifted for two reasons: first to improve the position of prostitutes by introducing licences for businesses where men or women are employed as prostitutes and second, to tackle abuses by taking firmer action against businesses operating without licences. An important aim of the policy is to put an end to human trafficking. Trafficking was illegal before the ban on brothels was lifted.
The Ministry of Security and Justice is responsible for policy on prostitution.