On October 1, 2000, brothels were legalized and prostitution became a licensed business where prostitutes could be employed but many chose to be independent contractors (Petterssoneva 163).
Prostitution in the 21century has gone out of control than the earlier intended purpose. The main aim of legalizing prostitution was to protect the women by providing work permits. There has been an expansion in the sector to include crime by large scale organizations for women trafficking, drugs and killings. Since then, success in the business is on the rise and taxation in the trade is high. A study carried out in 20 municipalities in the state on the social position of prostitutes in the licensed sector, and in particular window prostitution, clubs, private houses, escort agencies, and massage parlours show that majority of the prostitutes (60%) were not born in the country (Flowers 159).
Most women came from Latin America and were involved in window prostitution. Studies show that the practice has grown based on technological advancements. The use of telephone contact between the client and intermediary has grown to include direct appointments made through messages, sex lines and the internet. Success in the industry is attributed to legalization, the huge criminal human trafficking organizations, willing parties, the internet, and influence among others. Research has shown that the number of legalized sex establishments in Netherlands is approximately 1270 (Flowers