According to the prostitute workers, the owners of the prostitute mansions by Brussels north station, oppose a regulation brought forward by the Mayor Emir Kir to their profession. Twenty two bordell owners on Linne street are against the new regulation and have chosen to go to court, they announced in a press release on Thursday.
The new laws affecting the industry will be introduced on 1 March with the aim to regulate and address the “window prostitution” in the brussels north district. The owners are unhappy that their fiscal contribution will rise from 950 to 3000 euros.
The sex workers will have to show conformity and medical certificates. The working hours will also be reduced by 25%.
We have been trying to provide a conformity certificate since August, but the commune has always found ways to refer the issue. The mayor Emir Kir does not want to give new certificates, but he will close our bordellos if we don’t have any”, denounces Pascale De Bruycker, owner of one of the mansions on Linné street.
Twenty two owners have therefore joined forces and gone to court in order to cancel the new regulation and the tax increase. They are afraid to become victims of a political agenda carried out by the Mayor and are putting up posters saying their houses are not for sale.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)