Posted on: april 30, 2020
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This overview offers accurate and up to date information about escorts in the Netherlands. Definitions, laws, rules, do’s and don’ts, advantages, disadvantages, prices, and much more. Get informed about Amsterdam escorts, prostitution and escort work in other Dutch cities.
An escort service is the provision of company by a sex worker with, if desired, sexual acts with the customer. An escort can be of any gender and can be of any sexual orientation.
Escort is a relatively expensive form of prostitution that offers the client more privacy en discretie. The meeting takes place, for example, at the customer’s home, in the hotel where the customer is staying, in a hotel proposed by the escort (hotel prostitution), in a restaurant, etc. The meeting place can take place almost anywhere.
Escorts don’t just provide sexual services. Sometimes they go to restaurants or on a business trip for a fee to pretend to be a partner of the customer to third parties. This is especially important in cultures where there is a certain social stigma on loneliness. It is also possible that the customer only needs company and not so much sex. Sometimes customers just want to cuddle and talk.
Prostitution is legal as long as it involves voluntary adult sex. In the Netherlands, someone is an adult from the age of 18.
A sex offense that concerns prostitution, however, is Article 248b Criminal Code, which provides:
A person who commits fornication with someone who makes himself available to perform sexual acts with a third party by payment and who has not reached the age of eighteen, is punished with imprisonment not exceeding four years or fine of the fourth category.
Every municipality in the Netherlands has a different policy regarding the regulations for self-employed sex workers. In Amsterdam, for example, one needs a permit when acquiring customers online as an independent sex worker. A number of Dutch municipalities do not require permits for sex workers, such as in Zoetermeer.
Street prostitution is illegal in the Netherlands.
Other terms for escorts are:
✦ Call girl
✦ Sex worker
✦ Lady of pleasure
✦ Escort boy
There are both female and male escorts. Female escorts are mainly booked by heterosexual male clients. And male escorts are mainly booked by gay men.
In the Netherlands, there are very few straight male escorts, as straight women generally don’t pay for sex. And those who do, would like an escort who can fulfil specific erotic fantasies.
In the Netherlands, one can work in the prostitution sector as follows:
✦ Employed as an employee by an operator/ employer who pays wages.
✦ Working as an independent entrepreneur. The escort works for him or herself and there is no third party who has authority over the escort’s activities.
✦ Working in a notional employment relationship for a client (operator) whereby the conditions package is met. This is an intermediate form of self-employment and salaried employment. The conditions package lays down the rights and obligations of the proprietor and the prostitute while the latter is not employed. (Dutch source)
Escorts do not work in window brothels like in the Red Light District of Amsterdam (also known as De Wallen). The windows are used by window prostitutes who are not escort. Meaning, window prostitutes advertise by standing in a window brothel. They do not advertise online, like Amsterdam escorts.AMSTERDAM RED LIGHT DISTRICT PRICES >
Escorts offers their services online (via apps, websites or social media). Eventually they meet at a preferred location. This can be at the escort’s home, in a restaurant, in a club, in a hotel, at the client’s home, or anywhere else.
In the Netherlands, there are no hard figures on the number of sex workers who work from home, but internet sites do provide an indication. Every day 150 sex advertisements appear on various sites throughout the Netherlands for sex work at home or as an escort.
Dutch scientist and sex work expert Sietse Altink claimed that Amsterdam has about 500 sex workers. (source)
She published on her website:
‘Applied to prostitution research, we might conclude that large numbers are more an expression of a discomfort and moral anxiety on the part of the authors than a faithful representation of the empirical reality. (source)
… In addition, there are practical obstacles that prevent an accurate count of the number of sex workers. Some sectors (escort) are more difficult to count than others (windows prostitution). The biggest obstacle, however, is the mobility among sex workers. Both our interviews and our observations show that sex workers change workplace, city or even country very frequently. Mobility is not only geographic, however, but also concerns the prostitution sector and working hours. As a result, it is extremely difficult to determine how many sex workers are working at any given location at any one time.’ (source)
There are quite a few differences between escorts and window prostitutes. Escorts are active almost everywhere in the world. Window prostitutes only in countries where prostitution is legal. In the Netherlands, window prostitution may only take place in window brothels that have a permit for this. All differences are described below:
|Escorts must be at least 18 years old.||Window prostitutes must be >21 years old.|
|Escorts advertise online.||Window prostitutes advertise in windows.|
|Escorts can also be employed.||Window prostitutes work independently.|
|Escorts do not necessarily have to rent a work space.||Window prostitutes rent a window brothel.|
|Escorts usually don’t have security with them.||Window prostitutes get security.|
|Escorts charge higher rates||Window prostitutes charge lower rates|
|Escorts can be of any gender.||Window prostitutes are never heterosexual men.|
|Escorts can work anywhere in the Netherlands.||Window prostitutes are only allowed to work in cities with window prostitution.|
As with everything there are pros and cons. Below are mentioned the advantages and disadvantages of booking an escort.
|It can be done discreetly.||It’s more expensive (than window prostitution).|
|Ideal for special fantasies.||Generally no refunds for dissatisfaction.|
|Romantic, passionate company.||It may take a while for him / her to arrive.|
|Possibility to meet anywhere.|
|Wide choice of escorts.|
|Clarity and more controle.|
|Easy to book via apps or websites.|
✦ Make good and clear agreements in advance.
✦ Respect the boundaries of the escort.
✦ Be clear about your wishes.
✦ Use a condom.
✦ Pay what has been agreed on. Do not try to negotiate a discount afterwards.
✦ Make sure you are fresh and clean. Take a shower if necessary.
✦ Be relaxed.
✦ Don’t drink too much alcohol.
✦ Do not cause any nuisance to the environment
✦ Don’t pay too much attention to the time, but enjoy the moment.
✦ Always ask permission from the escort if you want to take photos.
Good to know: Most escorts lead a double life and (because of the stigma) do not tell people about their profession as a sex worker. Mainly because of this, escorts usually do not want to be photographed.
In the Netherlands it is not mandatory for sex workers to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s/ STI’s).
Everyone in the Netherlands can decide for himself whether to get tested for STIs or not. That is a fundamental right and which also applies to prostitutes and their clients.
That does not mean that sex workers do not often get tested. On the contrary, sex workers are regularly tested. In the Netherlands it is free for all sex workers to be tested for STDs. They do not have to pay for this.
Sex workers are of course aware of the occupational risks, are always cautious and prefer safe sex. Getting an STD is not only physically unpleasant, for sex workers it can also be a danger to their future income.
With a condom you protect yourself against HIV and the chance of other STIs is considerably smaller. Completely 100% safe sex is not possible; not with a sex worker and not with your private contacts.
Also use a condom for blowjobs. The function of a condom is to prevent risks. If you are wearing a condom, you do not run the risk of getting STDs when you get a blow job. Without a condom you can contract herpes, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
In the Netherlands, people can get themselves tested for STDs at a general practitioner (GP), the GGD, or with a home test.
An STD test is done by examining blood, urine or mucous membrane. You can get tested for most STIs from three weeks after infection. An HIV test is only possible after three months. Get yourself tested before you have physical complaints.
Booking Amsterdam escorts can be done through a brokerage company/ escort agency, directly with an escort or in a sex club. An escort can be booked through apps, companies, websites or through a direct phone number.
Escorts can be booked anywhere in the Netherlands. This is also because this country is relatively small, which makes travel distances short. Most escorts in the Netherlands are active in the larger cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.10x AMSTERDAM ESCORT AGENCIES >
In the Netherlands there are many websites where female, heterosexual escorts can be hired. Hit the button below for an overview of the best websites to book an escort.10 ESCORT WEBSITES
Paid sex is relatively common in the LGBT community. Generally speaking, gay escorts mainly recruit their clients through dating apps or through escort websites.
In addition, there are also the dating apps. Sometimes escorts are also active there.
gayParship is an online dating platform that focuses on singles and is one of the largest and most frequently used online dating sites in Europe.
Grindr has been specially developed for gays. It works slightly differently than others apps. You don’t have to swipe. You can send each other a message immediately. The app is based on how far apart you are today. Once you have created an account, you will receive multiple messages from other users within five minutes.
You don’t have to do anything yourself. Yet it is not that user-friendly when you first use it. It really takes a while to find out how it works. In the meantime, you keep getting messages that distract you. There are no in-depth conversations, but usually you’ll immediately be asked what you are looking for and whether you want to meet. It is true that you get by far the most requests on Grindr.
In the Netherlands there is only a few sex clubs for gay men only. One of them is BoysClub21 in Amsterdam. Another one is Dirty Dick’s on the Warmoesstraat in the Red Light District.
‘…Personally, I’m an Amsterdam escort, so I go to my clients, rather than working in a brothel or behind a window. I do so because it gives me a lot of liberty… I don’t need to rent a room and work the whole day. I can just go to a client for an hour, come back home, and do my other stuff.
… And whether you’re standing behind a window, or work as an escort; being a sex worker in Amsterdam is particularly enjoyable because there is a lot of support from the government. They offer health services that are freely available, such as STD-checks. There are social services that help you out when you’re having emotional issues. And, most importantly: it is legal! You won’t find any police harassment like sex workers experience in other countries. And I am really grateful for that.’
Frequently asked questions about Amsterdam escorts are:
✦ How much for escorts in Amsterdam?
✦ How much are Amsterdam escorts?
The prices of escorts depend on the location and the method of booking. If Amsterdam escorts have to travel to The Hague, she / he will include the travel costs in the total price. The requested service also determines the price. But usually escorts in the Netherlands cost between 100 and 180 euros per hour.
In general, the prices of escort agencies are higher than the prices of independent escorts. However, some advantages of such an escort agency are that there is customer service available, it is more professional and the customer gets a better guarantee.
✦ Minimum price: 100 euro per hour ($ 120)
✦ Average price: 150 euro per hour ($ 180)
Do you want to report forced prostitution, human trafficking, a minor sex worker or anything alike? In the Netherlands this can be done in various ways.
✦ Via the police, which has a vice department too. The phone number is 112.
✦ It is also possible to report crime anonymously via the phone number 0800-7000. Or via www.meldmisdaadanoniem.nl/english (translated: report crime anonymously).
TIP: Do you have doubts about the age of the escort? Then suggest that she / he shows proof of identity. If desired, the escort’s real name can be shielded with a finger or hand.