Prostitution in Nijmegen

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Nieuwe Markt

This article is about prostitution in the Dutch city of Nijmegen (Gelderland province).


Window prostitution

Window prostitution takes place in Nijmegen in the Nieuwe Markt to the north of the Kronenburgerpark. Organised window prostitution should only be located in the Nieuwe Markt lots 24 to 40 (even numbers).

Street Prostitution

Part of the New Marktstraat is designated as a prostitution area. The designated location may only be used for street prostitution from 20.00 - 02.00 hours. The New Marktstraat located to the west of the Kronenburgerpark.

1970's & 1980's

In the seventies it was Kronenburgerpark where customers and prostitutes met. In the eighties this changed, because the clients were no longer walking in the park, but driving around. The reason drivers circled the triangle formed by Kronenburgersingel, Stieltjesstraat, Vredestraat.


In the early nineties the Stieltjesstraat and Vredestraat were closed with bollards. The drivers then drove back and forth through the Vredestraat and along the park. That became the place of soliciting. Later, the entrance to the Vredestraat was narrowed, so a sharp decline in the number of cars resulted because the drivers had to look at each other now and make hand gestures to indicate who was to proceed.

In 1992, soliciting in Vredestraat banned. In 1993, the municipality provided an afwerkplek in New Marktstraat by the railway embankment.

New Tippelzone

The municipality opened another tippelzone in New Marktstraat in 2000 near the police headquarters. Also in that street a pilot afwerkplek was built. This warehouse was opened on October 9, it is security personnel to monitor order, security and hygiene. Both tippelzone afwerkloods and are open from 20.00-02.00 hours. The aim of these measures is to reducing nuisance and care for the prostitutes. Both targets are show to be effective in the prostitution areas.

Limiting opening hours

Above the afwerkloods is a cycle track with a view of what happens in there. In the spring of 2004, some argue that affect discrete and anonymous nature of prostitution in the prostitution area. Following a review in spring 2005, a decision is made to preserve the afwerkloods but reduce the opening times two hours a day.

Obligation to register

In 2007 or earlier there is a large influx of prostitutes from Eastern Europe, thereby increasing competition. This results in prostitutes soliciting outside the zone, which in turn causes a nuisance. Therefore, the municipality makes an obligation to register in autumn. Only prostitutes who had been active in the area in the two previous years get a permit to work there. This helps combat the nuisance again.


The end of 2008 found that of the registered prostitutes working in the prostitution area, three quarters are had addiction problems. In early 2009, the College of B and W's intention was to severely limit permits to work on the zone, thereby deliberately causing a decline of the facility. Furthermore, the College insist the prostitutes now working have an "active exit policy" to follow: the ladies' disengage from their dealers and pimps and join small shelters to help build a new life.

External links

This page uses content from Dutch Wikipedia; the original article can be viewed here.
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