When you start doing sex work, there are a number of things that you need to think about. Where you want to work, and what do you have to do for it? What are my rights and obligations? Maybe you have questions about how to register with the Chamber of Commerce. But it can also be advisable to think about your own boundaries before you start doing sex work. How far do you want to go with a customer, and what do you absolutely not want? Stopping sex work can also raise many questions. How do things work then financially? Am I entitled to a benefit? Or do you have questions about finding another job?
If you work as an independent entrepreneur, you are obliged to register with the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK). You are an independent entrepreneur, for example, if you work as a window prostitute. The KvK is an organization with which all companies in the Netherlands are registered. Check the website of the Kamer van Koophandel to see where the various branches are located. Check in advance whether it is necessary to make an appointment to register. You can visit the office in Amsterdam without an appointment.
What do you need?
You only have to register with the Kamer van Koophandel if you work as a self-employed person. This is the case, for example, for window prostitution and in some cases when you work as an escort or when you do home reception. If you work in a club or private house, the operator often arranges payment of your taxes. Check with the operator, since there are clubs and private houses where you do work as a self-employed person. Then you do have to register with the KvK. For the required forms, you can go to the website of the KvK. You also need a valid proof of identity and a registration address. The KvK requires a registration fee of € 50.00. You can only pay with a PIN card.
What information do you give?
When you register with the KvK, you will be required to register in the Trade Register. All companies established in the Netherlands are listed in this register. Your name and address (name, address and city) will be entered in the register. You also need to provide a company name for your company. Furthermore, the activities in which your company engages will be listed. When you tell the KvK that you work as a sex worker, this can be found in the register. As a sex worker, you can now also be registered with the KvK under the heading of 'personal services'. This is to protect your privacy. We advise you to make use of this option. Note: the information in the Trade Register is, in principle, public and therefore accessible to everyone. For example, it is very easy to look up information based on your company name. If you use a name that your customers know (for example your working name) for your company name, they can find your personal address easily. It is therefore smart to choose a company name that you do not share with anyone else. In addition, it is now possible to protect your address details with the KvK. You must specifically ask for this. First go to the GBA to screen your data there. You can then submit the same request to the KvK.
A health insurance policy is compulsory insurance in the Netherlands. With this, the costs are paid, for example, for the general practitioner or the hospital. Even if you do not live in the Netherlands, but do work here and pay wage tax, you must take out health insurance.
What if you do not take out insurance?
If you do not take out health insurance, after some time you will receive letters from Zorginstituut Nederland (formerly CVZ). You then have to take out health insurance within three months. If you have no insurance three months later, you will receive a fine of approximately € 350. If you still have no insurance three months later, you will be fined again. Ultimately, the Zorginstituut Nederland will register you with a health insurance company. This is unfavourable, because you pay a much higher premium.
Do you have to pay for everything yourself?
If you do not earn much, you may be entitled to a health care allowance. This is money that you get from the Tax Department. You can use this to pay part of your premium, and the rest you pay yourself. You can find more information at www.toeslagen.nl.
If you have questions about your health insurance, make an appointment with the social worker at P&G Zevenhuizen.
If you decide to work as a sex worker, it is important to determine for yourself what your boundaries are. For example, what you will or will not do with customers, when you want to be paid, where you will or will not meet with them. It can help not to be surprised in the moment while you are working by a situation or customer request.
What, for example, do you do when you are already working with a customer and then he does more, or wants to do more, than agreed? What do you do when a regular customer tells you that he only comes to you and wants to do it without a condom? What do you do if you do not want to have anal sex with clients, or do not want to kiss them, but you need the money very much and someone offers you a lot of money for that? What are your limits in terms of S&M, drugs or threesomes?
Stopping sex work means something different for everyone. For one person, it is simply a matter of doing it and taking up something else. For another, it can be a major event that has many consequences. It may be that the choice to stop is very clear to you, or that for your specific situation both advantages and disadvantages are attached to it. It may have consequences for your income or housing, or you may need help in finding other work.
Advantages and disadvantages
Every person is different. There are many different reasons to start with sex work, and there are many different reasons why you might want to stop. For example, if you become turned off by the work, that may outweigh what the stopping process involves.
It is good to think about what stopping means to you. What will the consequences be? How can and will you deal with this? See the advantages and disadvantages of stopping the work below. It may get you thinking and help you to make a good assessment.
Advantages of stopping may be:
Disadvantages of stopping may be:
These are only a few examples. Other things may also play a role for you. Make a list of advantages and disadvantages for yourself if you are thinking about stopping. If you find it difficult to take a decision, you can talk to a social worker
If you as a sex worker want to do something different, a social worker can help you with this. A social worker can support you with: