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Belgium Legalizes Job Contracts for Sex Workers

In May 2024, Belgium passed a law allowing sex workers to sign job contracts with approved employers, granting them the same social rights as other employees. The new law aims to regulate the sector and ensure workers' rights to benefits. Employers must have criminal records checked and obtain authorization to operate. Employees can refuse clients and stop sexual acts at any time. While some groups criticize the law, many in the industry see it as a realistic approach. Experts believe it will take years to assess the law's impact.
In May 2024, Belgium passed a law allowing sex workers to sign job contracts with approved employers, granting them the same social rights as other employees.

This unprecedented move aims to regulate the sector and ensure workers' rights to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and maternity leave.

Previously, sex workers were paid in cash or employed under waitress contracts, leading to potential abuse.

The new law requires employers to have criminal records checked and obtain authorization to operate.

Employees have the right to refuse clients and stop sexual acts at any time.

While some feminist groups criticize the law for commodifying women's bodies and not addressing migrant workers' issues, many in the industry see it as a realistic approach to bringing the sector into the open.

Experts believe it will take years to assess the law's impact on sex workers' living conditions and human trafficking.
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