Sex work in Corona times
Starting July 1, 2020, sex workers will be able to return to work.
On the website of Soa Aids you can read tips on how to reduce the risk of corona at your work.
And on the website of SekswerkExpertise you can read the hygiene measures during the Coronavirus for sex companies and sex workers.
If you like to talk to other sex workers about your work during this Corona period, the SAVE organization has created a helpline especially for this purpose, where you can talk to other sex workers.
Of course, you can always contact us if you have any questions. (See contact information at the bottom of this page)
General information about the coronavirus in the Netherlands:
Starting June 1, 2020, everyone can be tested for the coronavirus if they have complaints.
Call 0800-1202 for a test appointment. Have your Citizen Service Number (BSN) ready.
Stay home and go out only to take the test.
For more information, see the website of the central government.
Do you have other questions about the coronavirus? Call 0800-1351.
You can also visit the website of the RIVM for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus in the Netherlands.
Important information from the Sexual Health Center:
Currently it is not possible to do an STD test if you do not have symptoms related to STD. On the website of the Centre for Sexual Health you can read when it is possible to take an STD test again. Also, making an appointment online is not possible at this time.
Do you have STD symptoms?
Then call the complaints line (070-353 66 88 option 2) on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesdays from 1:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The nurse will ask for your complaints over the phone to see if you can be examined and treated.
Do you have other questions or want to speak to a nurse?
If so, call the Centre for Sexual Health between 08.30-12.00 am and 1.00-4.00 pm, via 070-353 66 88.
Also you can (temporarily) ask us your question by email. The nurse will contact you quickly (usually within 24 hours) by email. Please email your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly state what you want to talk about or ask for advice from the nurse.
Not enough income?
Are you self-employed ->
As a self-employed person (when you are registered in the chamber of commerce) you can claim Tozo 2 for the months of June, July, August and September 2020.
This is only possible if your income does not exceed the social minimum.
- For singles and single parents (from 21 to 66 years and 4 months) the social minimum is 1052.32 euros.
- For married couples and co-inhabitants (from 21 to 66 years and 4 months) the social minimum is 1503.31 euros.
If your income is less than this amount, it will be supplemented by the social minimum.
Please do the following check first to see if you are eligible for this. (These are the same items as in Tozo 1):
- Do you have the Dutch nationality? Or are you an EU citizen and do you live legitimate in the Netherlands? Or do you have a residence permit with the right to work in the Netherlands?
- Are you between 18 and 66 years and 4 months (retirement age – AOW)?
- Do you currently live in the Netherlands and are you registered in your municipality?
- Are you registered with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK) before March 17, 2020 and do you meet the hour criterion, which means that you work at least 1,225 hours a year (or 24 hours a week during the period of activity of the company) as a self-employed worker?
Did you answer all the previous questions with a “yes”? In that case you may qualify for Tozo 2. Other conditions apply to Tozo 2, see information below.
How is Tozo 2 different from Tozo 1?
The big difference with Tozo 1 is that your partner’s income is taken into account when applying for Tozo 2. Do you have a partner? Then your income as a married couple or co-habitants will complement each other up to an amount of 1,503.31 euros.
If your partner earns more or as much as this social minimum, unfortunately you cannot claim Tozo 2.
Please note that if you do not have a partner, but live with someone and share the same front door together, that person is seen as a co-inhabitant. It also means that this person’s income is taken into account.
You can fill out the application form on the website of your municipality.
There are two types of forms:
– A short form for people who have already requested Tozo 1.
– A form for people requesting the Tozo for the first time.
Estimate of your income
An estimate of income is requested on the Tozo 2 application form. Fill in per month what you think you will earn.
After each month you know what your income has been. If this income is different from the estimate you gave, you have to inform the municipality!
For the detailed explanation, conditions and filling in the application form of the municipality of The Hague, click here.
Here are the links to other municipalities:
Do you work through opting-in? ->
Without a Chamber of Commerce registration, you are not eligible for the TOZO.
If you do not have a Chamber of Commerce registration, you can request social assistance from your municipality, with its own laws and regulations.
This is only possible if your income does not exceed the social minimum. If your income is less than the social minimum, your income will be supplemented by the social minimum.
- For singles and single parents (aged 21 to 66 years and 4 months), the social minimum is € 1052.32
- For married couples and co-inhabitants (aged 21 to 66 years and 4 months), the social minimum is € 1503.31.
Then, for example, the municipality will also look at savings and possible income of the partner. The cost-sharing standard is also taken into account.
Municipalities are free to determine whether they set the regular requirements when it comes to capital. So ask your municipality about this.
Does all the above not apply for your situation?
Then we can apply for you to the fund Sociale Fondsen Den Haag
This fund must be requested on your behalf through an agency. You can contact us for this.
Immediate need for money?
A single contribution of 40 euros can be received through Dutch Emergency Fund
Are you worried about paying your fixed expenses?
The Dutch government has announced that renters who currently have no income anymore due to the coronavirus outbreak and are therefore unable to pay their rent, temporarily cannot be evicted from their houses. For more information, click here.
If you are unable to pay your health insurance due to the coronavirus outbreak, you can contact your health insurer to request a payment arrangement.
Ask the tax authorities for a postponement
You can ask for postponement of your income tax refund (“inkomstenbelasting”) and VAT return (“omzetbelasting, BTW”). You can do this by sending a letter to the tax authorities. Ask your accountant or us for advice.
Alternatives to earn money
Do you want to quit sexwork and start another job? Through SHOP social work, you can quickly apply for the social assistance benefit and the job hunter can help you with looking for a new job opportunity. You have to be sure that you really want to stop doing sexwork and not just apply for it because of the situation. Otherwise, the social assistance benefit received must be returned.
Maybe working with the webcam is something for you? If you have a good internet connection, a webcam, and a valid ID, you can get started quickly. Sometimes a credit card is also required. Keep in mind that many providers only allow you when you are in debt to share your images for promotional purposes. To reduce the chance of recognition, you can set Dutch visitors not to see you. If you don’t want to be seen, you can choose to offer phone or chat calls. The best known websites for offering various services are: adultwork, streamate, Big7, my dirty hobby, onlymevip, chaturbate, sexpanther or adulttime (Source: BesD).
Tip: Starting Friday, May 1, Door2door runs a free online workshop for sex workers who want to start working online.
You can also create video clips from home and offer them on one of the many porn sites. For each visitor, you receive a commission. Please note that your clips can remain on the Internet forever. Offering erotic photographic material is also an option.
Visit the ‘Ladies Only Club‘ at Hookers.nl to share experiences with colleagues about alternative ways of working.
Do you have any questions?
Do you have any questions for us or can we help you with something else?
You can reach us from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Jacomien – 06 81880705
Jesca – 06 39011581
Viki – 06 39011579
Dana – 06 39861338
By e-mail: email@example.com
Related information can be found in the sex work and corona guide of SekswerkExpertise.