Prostitution on the rise in Belgium

Friday, 15 May 2015 17:41
The number of active prostitutes, 26000 in Belgium today, keeps growing. Estimates indicate that 80 percent of them are exploited, according to the spokesperson of the human trafficking unit of the Belgian federal police.
The prostitution is mostly concentrated in Brussels followed by Antwerp, Liege and Mons, but starts to be more and more present outside the major cities.

Several prostitution and trafficking rings operate in Belgium, notably from Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Nigeria, explains the head of the police trafficking unit, Wim Bontinck. He believes that the rise is linked with the ease of travelling between the countries and continents.

Prostitution is not punishable by law, unless a person is exploited by a third party, which is usually the case. Eight out of ten or about 21000 women, are in effect implicated in this situation. The fight against the pimps is difficult but on the right direction, highlights Wim Bontinck. 

Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)
Google Plus

More Stories

The UK can decide on its own to revoke Brexit

The UK can decide on its own to revoke Brexit

The United Kingdom can decide on its own to reverse its withdrawal from the European Union, without needing the approval of the other member States, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said in a ruling handed down on Monday.

Belgium judged “medium-performing” on climate

Belgium judged “medium-performing” on climate

Belgium is still a “medium-performing” country in the fight against climate change even if it has moved up by one point, according to the Climate Change Performance Index 2019, compiled by environmental NGOs and published on Monday on the occasion of COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

Protestors demand the right to repair their goods

About 30 persons demonstrated on Monday outside the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels’ European Quarter as representatives of EU member States met for a first series of votes on proposals to oblige companies to manufacture household appliances that are easy to repair and more durable.