The so-called “Ride for a Ride” regulation from Dutch ministers enables driving instructors in the country to accept sex as reimbursement for lessons as long as the student is of legal age.
The regulation originally stems from a complaint by Gert-Jan Segers, a member of parliament from the Christian Union party, who called the increasingly popular practice “illegal prostitution.”
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands as long as the prostitute has an escort license and pays taxes under a self-employed status. Segers argues, however, none of these procedures are followed in the transaction between instructor and student.
Justice Minister Ard van der Steur and Transport Minister Melanie Schultz were of a different opinion. They issued a joint statement of the standards that need to be followed in order to receive protection under “Ride for a Ride.”
As long as the initiative comes from the driving instructor and the transaction doesn’t include money, it is not considered prostitution.
An extract from the “Ride for a Ride” declaration reads as follows:
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.
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