Dutch parliament has recently confirmed a law allowing driving instructors to accept sex in lieu of payment.
The ‘Ride for a Ride’ law permits instructors to receive sex as payment as long as the student is over the age of 18.
But conservative Christian Union Party member Gert-Jan Segers argued the practise was contrary to Dutch law surrounding prostitution.
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and sex workers are treated as self-employed individuals who must declare their income.
In a parliamentary tabling, Mr Jan-Segers argued students would not possess the appropriate licence, or declare their sex work for tax purposes.
However, fellow MPs hit back, arguing students were not technically prostituting themselves, as they were not receiving money in exchange for sex.
“It’s not about offering sexual activities for remuneration, but offering a driving lesson,” wrote Netherlands Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur in a letter.
“It is important that the initiative lies with the driving instructor, and focuses on offering a driving lesson, with the payment provided in sexual acts.”
Parliament also clarified that while instructors were permitted to advertise in exchange for sex, members of the public would be breaking the law if they advertised sex in return for lessons.
The law also states the sex must not endanger traffic or members of the public.
Recently, an investigation into sex-for-lesson exchanges in Rotterdam was undertaken, with the findings yet to be announced.