Dutch officials have declared that driving instructors are legally allowed to offer their services to people in exchange for sexual favors. Justice Minister Ard van der Steur and Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegan were quizzed about it in parliament and confirmed that it’s legal. Although, weirdly, it’s illegal the other way around. You can’t offer your body to pay for the driving lessons. For some reason.
The practice is being referred to as ‘Ride for a Ride’ and it’s gaining in popularity. Some government types are dead against it, saying that it may encourage younger people that are hard up for cash to consider prostitution. Which, it’s worth mentioning, is totally legal over in the Netherlands.
A Dutch official said: “It’s not about offering sexual activities for remuneration, but offering a driving lesson. It 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.”
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