May 27, 1992 |
People in the Netherlands spend about as much on sex as they do on flowers, but it wasn't until Tuesday that Parliament made the sex industry as legal--and as taxable--as tulips. The 150-member Parliament revoked a law prohibiting pimping. Previously, individual prostitutes could sell sex but could not be organized legally in brothels. Authorities had tolerated brothels, however, to monitor the trade.