Sex work in Corona times
In line with the rules that apply from December 15, 2020, sex businesses still remain closed. Sex work falls under the contact professions that are still not allowed. So this applies to brothels, clubs, red light districts, tippel zones, working from home, sex work in massage parlors, and escorts. It is not clear when sex workers will be allowed to practice their profession again.
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:
Everyone can be tested for the coronavirus if they have complaints.
Make an online appointment for a coronatest via the website coronatest.nl. You will need your DigiD login details.
Or 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.
Consultation Centre for Sexual Health GGD Haaglanden:
The Centre for Sexual Health (CSG Haaglanden) holds office hours at Spot 46.
For our accessibility and current opening hours click here.
Would you like to be tested for STIs, vaccinated against hepatitis B or do you have questions about contraception?
You can make an appointment by calling us on 070 345 70 10.
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 4 from the 1st of April 2021 till the 1st of July 2021.
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 1.075,44 euros.
- For married couples and co-inhabitants (from 21 to 66 years and 4 months) the social minimum is 1.536,34 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 till 3):
- 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 4. Other conditions apply to Tozo 4, see information below.
Your partner’s income is taken into account when applying for Tozo 4. Do you have a partner? Then your income as a married couple or co-habitants will complement each other up to an amount of 1.536,34 euros.
If your partner earns more or as much as this social minimum, unfortunately you cannot claim Tozo 4.
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 before.
– A form for people requesting the Tozo for the first time.
Estimate of your income
An estimate of income is requested on the Tozo 4 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 € 1.075,44.
- For married couples and co-inhabitants (aged 21 to 66 years and 4 months), the social minimum is € 1.536,34.
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, but are you struggling to pay your rent or mortgage?
Maybe you qualify for TONK arrangement?
TONK is for people whose income has dropped 25% or more due to corona measures. You can apply for TONK if this drop in income makes it difficult for you to pay your rent or mortgage. And if there are no other arrangements for you to pay these costs.
TONK arrangement runs from the 1st of January 2021 to the 1st of June 2021. The amount of money you receive differs per municipality.
In The Hague this is a lump sum of € 750 or € 1500 for the period January to June 2021. The amount of the TONK depends on your personal situation, your income and your housing costs.
For the detailed explanation, conditions and filling out the application form of TONK of the municipality of The Hague , click here.
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).
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?
For our accessibility and current opening hours click here
You can reach us from Wednesday to Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Jesca – 06 39011581
Viki – 06 39011579
Dana – 06 39861338
Jacomien – 06 81880705
By e-mail: email@example.com
Related information can be found in the sex work and corona guide of SekswerkExpertise.