Dutch driving instructors told they can offer lessons in return for sex

MINISTERS in The Netherlands have
defended the right of driving instructors to offer lessons in return for
sex from their clients.The law states that it is
completely legal for driving instructors to offer lessons in return for
sex as long as the student is over 18.Dutch politicians were
forced to defend the controversial practice after it came under fire for
being “undesirable” but the ‘ride for a ride’ policy in The Netherlands
remains completely legal.Gert-Jan Segers from the socially
conservative Christian Union party said the practice should be illegal
and tried to change the law to ban it, but was met with opposition in
parliament, according to The Telegraph.In The Netherlands,
prostitution is legal, with sex workers treated as self-employed and
forced to declare their income for it to be taxed.But Gert-Jan
Segers argued that learners would not have an escort licence and would
not be declaring the sexual services for tax purposes.However,
Netherlands Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice
Minister Ard van der Steur were quick to leap to the defence of driving
instructors and their unconventional payment methods.The ministers said in a letter: “It’s not about offering sexual activities for remuneration, but offering a driving lesson.

is important that the initiative lies with the driving instructor, and
focuses on offering a driving lesson, with the payment provided in
sexual acts.“When a sexual act offered in lieu of financial payment, that is prostitution.”

The Telegraph reported web searches for instructors offering a ‘ride for a ride’ have increased in the wake of the debate.