Tax dollars at work.
The government just hands out money for school, housing, medical needs, even hookers!
That's right….government-funded booty calls….up to 12 a year.
Disabled citizens get money from the government as part of the 'Hookers for the Handicapped' program. And because prostitution is legal, the gov is boosting both the domestic sex economy and the sexy times of its handicapped.
Sex is seen as a right in the consociational state, and the Netherlands believes everyone should be able to enjoy.
Reports show that this program has significantly reduced depression and suicide rates among the disabled, many of whom have previously never had the chance to get their freak on.
Still, not all of the Dutch agree with, or support, the program—some critics claim that the mentally handicapped cannot give consent—and, a mom who arranged for her Down Syndrome son to lose his virginity to a sex worker was branded "disgusting" by critics, with some accusing her of “pimping him out."
Then, there are those who believe that by making it easier for the disabled to have sex with prostitutes, it makes it more difficult for them to have sexual relationships that are not paid for.
Mik Scarlet, a campaigner in the sexuality and disability movement, told The Guardian, "If you're growing up as a disabled child or someone who's just come to disability, how does that affect how you feel about yourself? I don't want a world where it's easier for disabled people to visit sex workers, I want a world that sees disabled people as sexual and valid prospective partners."
However, British prostitute, Amanda Smith, agrees with the policy, arguing that “sex is a need, like food."
"For some men, the only touch they've ever had is their mum bathing them," she says. “I've lifted grown men who weighed less than a 5-year-old from their wheelchair to the bed, and then back again, fully dressed for the takeover by carers or family.
"Sex is a need, like food. If you can't quell it, it should be taken care of. It's cruel not to."
It's unlikely Great Britain will be following in the Netherlands' footsteps anytime soon though—in true British style, the UK is still a little squeamish when it comes to the subject of S....E....X..... and, is often criticized for its confusing and outdated laws governing the sex industry.
In British law, paying and receiving money for sex is not against the law, but it is illegal to solicit in public places and to own/manage a brothel…. making it a little trickier for sex workers to peddle their services.
That said, business is booming—in 2014, the Office of National Statistics claimed the estimated 60,879 prostitutes working in Britain contribute a whopping $8.16 BILLION a year to the UK economy—however, as import.io points out, that figure only includes female prostitutes, and when you add in estimated earnings from male sex workers, the number swells to $13.60 BILLION.
Well, they do say that sex sells.
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With Ebola fears dominating the American news these days it’s easy to forget the brutal battles happening on the other side of the world between ISIS militants and Kurdish battalions.
One group however has not—the No Surrender Banditos biker gang out of the Netherlands—who has seen three of its members jump into the fray.
According to the head of the group, Klass Otto, members of his motorcycle gang having been battling alongside the Kurds in the town of Kobane, where some of the heaviest fighting has been waged in recent days.
Several countries—including the U.S. and Great Britain—have banned citizens from fighting with ISIS, however, there’s no such restrictions against fighting alongside the Kurds as they are not seen as a terrorist organization.
In the Netherlands, the act was determined to be legal by prosecutors because the members of the gang are not fighting Dutch troops—however, any citizens fighting on the Kurdish side would of course be liable to prosecution if they committed such crimes as torture and rape.
The USA is making progress when it comes to LGBT rights and equality, but the fact remains that nearly 50% of Americans still think gay relationships are “sinful.” It’s worth noting that in another poll, those same 50% percent were among the worst dressers with the ugliest homes.
It’s not surprising that many other countries put the U.S. to shame when it comes to equality and LGBT human rights. But what is surprising is that the world’s most LGBT- friendly country is Spain…a country that’s 88% Catholic! Literally 93% of Spaniards considered homosexuality either “morally acceptable” or a “non-issue,” and they’ve had legal gay marriage since 2005. This wave of acceptance ran across the Atlantic Ocean to Argentina and Brazil, who became the first predominately Catholic countries in notoriously machismo Latin America to approve same-sex marriage. When last we checked, there have been no apocalyptic plagues.
In 2000, The Netherlands was the first country to legalize gay marriage in the world! It’s also home to Amsterdam and it’s the world’s largest exporter of beer, which officially makes it the coolest country ever. Likewise, the Caribbean Netherlands are among the most progressive and most LGBT- friendly islands in the Caribbean. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao have become popular spots for gay destination weddings.
Meanwhile, how about South Africa? Africa isn’t exactly known for its LGBT-friendliness, however, South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to make discrimination, based on sexual orientation, illegal. Plus, it was the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage…. are you listening Uganda?!!
And let’s not forget about Canada, eh? Our neighbors to the North amended their human rights law back in 1996 essentially banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation nation wide. (The U.S. is still working on that.) Then in 2005 they passed gay marriage legislation without residency requirements, so same-sex American couples could run their rainbow flags across the border and get hitched.
Prague in the Czech Republic is quickly becoming Europe’s new gay capitol. For Czech people, being gay is a complete non-issue. They simply don’t care about sexual preference, perhaps in part because 90% of Czech people have no religion and they aren’t wearing their judgy-pants held up by a bible-belt.
While same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Germany, the country is the first in Europe to draft a law allowing for parents of children born without “clear gender-determining physical characteristics” to choose neither male nor female on the birth certificate, but option “X.” This option hopes to greatly benefit intersex children who now have the right to choose their gender for themselves as they grow up instead of their parents being forced to make an impossible decision for them at birth. Brilliant, Germany.
In the grand scheme of things, the older countries of the world tend to be wiser and more progressive, and we’re still the immature teenagers of the group with acne and raging hormones.