Canadian Policing Research Catalogue

The Netherlands police experience controlling prostitution : a case study / by Marcel-Eugène LeBeuf.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue



Alternate Title

L'expérience de la réglementation de la prostitution par la police au Pays-Bas : une étude de cas.




Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (55, [2] pages)


"Research and Evaluation Branch Report, Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing Services Directorate."
Issued also in French under title: L'expérience de la réglementation de la prostitution par la police au Pays-Bas : une étude de cas.


On November 2004, the Canadian Standing Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness gave the Subcommittee on Solicitation Laws the mandate to examine prostitution laws in order to improve the safety of sex workers and of the whole community. The RCMP as well as many other witnesses were invited to appear before the Committee and to submit a brief. The Committee released its report in December 2006 (Canada. Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, 2006). In the following months the RCMP started a study on prostitution from the police perspective to document issues at stake and the impact of the status quo, of legalization and decriminalization on the police (LeBeuf, 2006). At the same time, in order to evaluate the impact of decriminalization of prostitution on police action and roles, interviews and field work were conducted with police officers and non governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Netherlands in January 2006. This report is a summary of a case study on the Dutch situation.


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Executive summary -- Introduction -- Law enforcement regulating prostitution -- Legal options -- The legal situation in the Netherlands -- References.

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