The mills of the law grind slow but small

So, if you charge sex for your services is this legal? In Holland, yes:

The government in the Netherlands has clarified that it is legal for driving instructors to offer lessons in return for sex, as long as the students are over the age of 18.
However, it is illegal to offer sex in return for lessons.
Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice minister Ard van der Steur addressed the issue in response to a question tabled in parliament by Gert-Jan Segers of the socially conservative Christian Union party, noting that, although ‘undesirable’, offering driving lessons with sex as payment is not illegal.
In a letter to parliament the ministers said: “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.”

Given the average age, shape and fitness level of driving instructors one would assume a small and select clientele. The clarification came from the following:

It’s been noted that web searches for driving lessons in exchange for sex, or ‘a ride for a ride’ as the practice has been dubbed, have recently increased in popularity.
Gert-Jan Segers protested that the situation should be illegal as the (apparently entirely theoetical) learner drivers would not have an escort license, and would not be declaring the sexual services for tax purposes.

13 thoughts on “The mills of the law grind slow but small”

  1. You wonder that it is politicians determining the interpretation of the law, rather than the judiciary but, hey, it’s furrin innit?

  2. A major reason for legalising drugs and prostitution the potential tax revenue would be enormous. Not to mention the millions saved from not having to fight against them.

  3. My first thought is that The Netherlands is such a well run country that they have time to discuss this

    My second thought is how do you record this in a double entry ( pun alert ) bookkeeping system especially if the customer who pays is VAT registered

    Also how do foreign residents go about having their VAT refunded?

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    So would it be legal for university lecturers to offer special remedial classes in exchange for sex? As I have heard they have done for generations.

    And illegal for the student to offer?

    How would this apply to the Dutch Armed Forces?

  5. I guess there will be an exciting new genre of porn available soon. How long until “Dutch driving instructors 2” is released?

  6. “learner drivers would not have an escort license, and would not be declaring the sexual services for tax purposes”

    So a shag for the instructor and a hand job for the tax inspector then?

  7. And once again back to the ludicrous situation of if A offers to do something for B it’s fine, but if B makes the offers its illegal. Criminalising the customer instead of the service provider doesn’t really change anything except who goes to court.

  8. You should be careful about offering driving lessons for sex. In Amsterdam of all places. Because there’s anti-discrimination laws to consider as well as commercial law. You could find yourself ordered to accept the demanded payment from someone you’d rather not accept it from.

  9. @Noel Scoper

    And if the tax inspector feels cheated? Do you really want somebody like Matthew L doing the inspection?

  10. There’s a hilarious scene in Francois Ozon’s 2013 film Jeune et Jolie (which I commend to you all) in which a middle class mother, appalled to discover that her daughter works as a prostitute on the side, takes her to a psychiatrist to be “cured”, only to discover that his fees for a course of treatment are beyond the family’s means.

    No problem, says the daughter, I’ll pay for it out of my future earnings. A solution which the psychiatrist, after only a brief hesitation, is happy to accept…

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