The National Rapporteur reports on the nature and extent of human trafficking and the effect of government policies to combat it. One of the areas specifically covered by the National Rapporteur is the prostitution sector. Prostitution is not a synonym for human trafficking, but the sector is vulnerable to human trafficking.
Human trafficking and prostitution
The policy towards prostitution in the Netherlands is based on the principle that operating a business in which adults engage voluntarily in prostitution is legal. In the Netherlands, operating a brothel or sex business has been legalized and in principle prostitution is permitted. Having sex with minors for payment is prohibited.