In a surprise announcement the Government of the Netherlands have clarified that it is legal for driving instructors to offer to teach people to drive in return for sex as long as the pupil is over 18 years of age.
Netherlands Government confirms that driving instructors ‘may offer lessons for sex’: However, putting the boot on the other foot so to speak, it is illegal to offer sex in return for lessons. The issue has been addressed after a question was put to parliament by Gert-Jan Segers of the socially conservative Christian Union party saying that, while it wouldn’t be for everyone, it is not illegal to offer the lessons with sex as payment.
Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice minister Ard van der Steur have replied in a letter to parliament that “It’s not about offering sexual activities for remuneration, but offering a driving lesson. It is important that the initiative lies with the driving instructor, and focuses on offering a driving lesson, with the payment provided in sexual acts.
When a sexual act offered in lieu of financial payment, that is prostitution.” It is with increased popularity that web searches for ‘driving lessons for sex’ or ‘a ride for a ride’ as it has been named, have come about. Gert-Jan Segers protested that the situation should be illegal as the (apparently entirely theoretical) learner drivers would not have an escort license, and would not be declaring the sexual services for tax purposes. At the present time prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, with prostitutes treated as self-employed.
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