What’s Current: Dutch parliament debates proposal to ban prostitution

  • Dutch parliament debates a proposal to ban prostitution in the Netherlands. According to CDA parliamentarian Anne Kuik, who submitted the proposal:

“Prostitution by definition means inequality… Most prostitutes would not actually want to have sex with the man in front of them. But it still happens, because it is paid. So consent is bought, the woman is a product.”

  • Tens of thousands of Asian girls are being forced into child marriage by families facing poverty due to COVID-19, as activists warn that years of progress to eliminate the practice are being diminished.
  • Newly released data claims the COVID-19 pandemic will dramatically increase the poverty rate for women and widen the gap between men and women who live in poverty
  • Convicted sex offender Zahid Younis is found guilty of murdering two women whose bodies were hidden in his freezer. Police are facing scrutiny for monitoring Younis and visiting his home during the period the women went missing.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.