19 Dec 2013

Prostitutes seek same pension rights as footballers

5:57 am on 19 December 2013

Prostitutes in the Netherlands have gone to court to fight for the same pension rights as footballers.

Their lawyers say that, like footballers, prostitutes do difficult physical work in the prime of their lives and their careers don't tend to last long.

Footballers have a scheme under which they are allowed to save 5000 euros tax-free per month.

The BBC reports the campaign to secure prostitutes a better deal is being run by Freya, a prostitution company which has applied to run a number of brothels in Utrecht.

lawyer Wil Post told the BBC that prostitution, like football, is best-suited to younger people.

"It's hard physical work - you know by 40 you'll be doing something else.

"Some men like older prostitutes, but most men prefer younger women. That's a fact of life and women should be allowed to help take care of themselves financially," she said.

Prostitution was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002.

Under Dutch law, women working in the trade have to register at the chamber of commerce and pay tax.

Ms Post said many women stay in the trade longer than they would like because they are trapped and do not have enough money to get out.

"Unlike footballers, prostitutes have no future career prospects such as coaching or merchandising opportunities," she said.