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NEW LAWS FOR SEX WORKERS IN BELGIUM

Finally The Law has Changed

The Belgian National Parliament, agreed on new laws for those involved in sex work in Belgium, on the 17th of March and they became active on the 1st of June 2022.

Why Do I Care About This

I do not pay for, what I consider, sexual services but I do on occasions employ the skills of professional Dommes and Disciplinarians and they come under the classification of sex workers. Some of them do offer sexual services, I do not seek that part of their services, they are offered but are not compulsory. Many only offer BDSM services.

The Situation Before

It was technically legal to participate in paid for sexual services in Belgium, both for the provider and the client. However, this law was overly simple and has a clause to stop a third party from profiting from this transaction. This was designed to penalize pimps and people traffickers and I agree with their activities being restricted or hopefully stopped. BUT, and it is a big but, this law was badly written and can be interpreted that anyone taking money earned from sex work can be prosecuted. For example, if a sex worker uses his or her hard-earned cash to buy a loaf of bread, then the bakery that sells that bread can be prosecuted for profiting from the earnings of sex work.

And Then There Were Protests

This left Belgian sex workers in a grey area of being neither officially employed nor unemployed or self-employed, although they are still expected to pay taxes on their earnings and I believe that most of them do. During the time of COVID-19 restrictions, most sex workers were unable to make a living, but were not entitled to government support and financial aid as other taxpayers were. This caused protests and highlighted the issue. And so finally a new set of laws was agreed and are now in place.

As Of 1st June 2022 The New Laws Are…

A law passed in March by the Belgian parliament came into force in June, allowing sex workers to live legally, decriminalizing their work, and awarding them rights in terms of status, social protection, and health, etc. These provisions were sought by federal Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, a Flemish liberal. They will make Belgium the first European country to adopt such measures, only the second in the world after New Zealand. In the future, sex workers (95% of whom are women) will have the same rights as other self-employed workers, including social security, unemployment, access to healthcare, maternity leave, etc. Additionally, all third parties who assist their work will no longer be prosecuted, except in cases of abnormal profit.

Until now, any banker, accountant, insurer, legal adviser or even web designer who “assisted” a sex worker could be considered the perpetrator of a crime, as were the owners of properties that sex workers used for their business. In the future, property owners will no longer be on the wrong side of the law, unless they make excessive profits by demanding higher rents than normal, as is frequently the case.

AND THAT IS THE NEW SITUATION IN BELGIUM

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IS CONSENSUAL SPANKING BETWEEN ADULTS LEGAL IN YOUR COUNTRY? – THE UNITED KINGDOM

Note

I wanted to start a series of posts on this, but have found that it takes a lot of research time, that I do not really have, and leaves you with very little material to post. So I will try to do this from time to time, focusing on one country at a time. But don’t expect these posts to appear that often.

Is Spanking Play Between Consenting Adults Legal In The UK?

When I lived in the UK

When I lived in the UK (I left in 1992), that question did not really have any relevance, as you would not be prosecuted under the law, for consensual spanking, but it was registered as a sectionable activity under The Mental Health Act. This meant that you could be detained, against your will, for mental medical treatment, for however long the authorities thought that it would take them to “cure You” of your mental condition. Luckily, consensual spanking between adults has since been removed from the list of sectionable conditions. If you want to see what the UK Mental Health Act includes today, click on the link below.

UK MENTAL HEALTH ACT

What then?

After that it did become illegal, under two existing laws, Assault and Actual Bodily Harm. And consenting to be the one on the receiving end made the submissive party an accessory to the assailant and therefore also a criminal. The news article below, written in 2018 illustrates what the law, up until then, regarded as illegal.

WHY IS S AND M ACTUALLY A CRIMINAL OFFENCE

And Then?

Another law was passed, banning the making of several types of pornographic material in the UK, spanking among them. And then, some of the gallant producers, in the UK, protested against this. This lead to a relaxation of how the laws would be applied, as in the Criminal Prosecution Service was guided not to persecute spanking sites unless it involved activities that would lead to permanent or long term scaring. Consequently, this also applied to couples or groups, playing for their own pleasure.

So is consensual spanking between adults legal in the UK?

Technically no. But as long as scaring does not result from the play, you will not be prosecuted for doing it, under the law, effectively decriminalizing consensual adult spanking play in the UK. Unless you take it too far and leave scars. The link below tells you about the new guidelines that came into action.

OBSCENE PORN LAWS RELAXED

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CRIME SOLVING ZOMBIE SPANKED – AND RUSSIA HAS A NEW FLAG

Spank That Zombie!

This is from the TV series IZombie, which I had never heard of, but seeing this clip makes me want to see more 🙂

Russia Has A New Flag

У России новый флаг

Katonina, a 31-year-old designer who lives in Berlin, joined protests around the world. Katonina held up a sign that read “No to war”, but few in the crowd knew that they were Russian.

Катонина, 31-летний дизайнер из Берлина, присоединилась к протестам по всему миру. Катонина держала плакат с надписью «Нет войне», но мало кто в толпе знал, что они русские.

They said: “Onlookers thought we were Ukrainians because our people look the same. It was crucial for us to stand apart and show that Russians also oppose the war. We needed to identify ourselves.”

Они сказали: «Зрители думали, что мы украинцы, потому что наши люди выглядят одинаково. Нам было важно стоять в стороне и показать, что русские тоже выступают против войны. Нам нужно было идентифицировать себя».

Katonina said it was obviously impossible to go to the protests with the country’s traditional white, blue and red flag. “Unfortunately, the Russian tricolour has been completely appropriated by the state propaganda and the military,” Katonina said. “We needed a flag that had no connection to violence and war.”

Катонина заявила, что выходить на акции протеста с традиционным бело-сине-красным флагом страны явно невозможно. «К сожалению, российский триколор полностью присвоен государственной пропагандой и военными», — сказала Катонина. «Нам нужен был флаг, не связанный с насилием и войной».

So Katonina and their friends came up with a solution: a white, blue and white striped flag. “It is as if someone threw white paint over the red, over the bloodshed that is going on,” Katonina said.

Поэтому Катонина и их друзья придумали решение: бело-сине-белый полосатый флаг. «Как будто кто-то облил белой краской красное, то кровопролитие, которое происходит», — сказала Катонина.

But they were not the only ones to have the idea – it was soon seen at other protests around the world. “It was funny to see that at the very same time, other Russians opposing the war were putting forward the very same flag. Some unconscious collaboration was going on,” they said.

Но эта идея пришла не только им — вскоре ее увидели и на других протестах по всему миру. «Было забавно видеть, что в то же самое время другие русские, выступающие против войны, выдвигали тот же самый флаг. Происходило какое-то бессознательное сотрудничество», — сказали они.

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FEMEN AND RUSSIANS COMBINE TO PROTEST AGAINST PUTIN’S WAR

FEMEN И РУССКИЕ ОБЪЕДИНЯЮТСЯ, ПРОТИВ ВОЙНЫ ПУТИНА

I am a bit late with this post, as the event took place on the 12th of March. I do apologize for the delay.

Я немного опоздал с этим постом, так как событие произошло 12 марта. Приношу извинения за задержку.

The demonstration was by the Russian protest and musical group Pussy Riot, in association with the Feminist movement, originating from Ukraine, FEMEN.

Демонстрация была организована российской протестно-музыкальной группой Pussy Riot совместно с феминистским движением украинского происхождения FEMEN.

The protest took place in Tbilisi (Georgia), with the themes of stop the war, more help from the EU and an appeal for NATO to close the skies over Ukraine.

Акция протеста прошла в Тбилиси (Грузия) на темы прекращения войны, дополнительной помощи от ЕС и призыва к НАТО закрыть небо над Украиной.

Another protest, by 50 FEMEN activists, took place earlier, on the 6th of March, on the Champs-de-Mars in Paris.

Еще одна акция протеста 50 активисток FEMEN прошла ранее, 6 марта, на Марсовом поле в Париже.

If you want more detail about these protests, follow the links below

Если вы хотите получить более подробную информацию об этих протестах, перейдите по ссылкам ниже.

PUSSY RIOT PROTEST AGAINST WAR IN UKRAINE

FEMEN PROTEST IN PARIS AGAINST WAR IN UKRAINE

FEMEN originated in Ukraine but now has bases in many countries, its main one is now in Paris, France. If you want to help support FEMEN click on the image below to go to their shop.

FEMEN зародилась в Украине, но теперь имеет базы во многих странах, главная из которых сейчас находится в Париже, Франция. Если вы хотите помочь поддержать FEMEN, нажмите на изображение ниже, чтобы перейти в их магазин.

LINK TO FEMEN’S MAIN WEBSITE

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND SPECTRUM IS YELLOW

That’s Why She Wanted All Those Twigs

Coronavirus Belgium Update

The numbers here are good and getting better. The health system coped well with the last wave of infections, which is mostly the less harmful Omicron version of the virus now. As a result, as of Monday, 7th of March 2022, restrictions are downgraded to, what is now called, level yellow. This means that as of Monday, nearly all restrictions will end, except for the wearing of face masks on public transport and in Hospitals and other medical facilities. More detail in the following links.

RECENT COVID-19 FIGURES FOR BELGIUM

CODE YELLOW LEVEL RESTRICTIONS

I really hope that this is the beginning of the end, this time. But I can’t help getting that nagging feeling that we have been here before.

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND THINGS THEY ARE A CHANGING

Raise The Sails And Spanker

First Coronavirus, Belgium Update Since Christmas

This is going to be short summaries of what is happening here, in the land of Waffles, Chocolate and Beer, with links for those that want more information. Remember that the numbers are for a country of around eleven and a half million souls.

What’s been happening since Christmas

We had a new (fourth) wave of infections since Christmas, initially fuelled by the Delta variant but which became superseded by the Omicron variant, which the press branded the fifth wave, but I did not see the fourth wave come down. So make up your own minds on the wave numbers. Infections got ridiculously high, but hospitalizations, ICU use and deaths remained manageable. Now the infection rates are plummeting and The last reproduction rate that I saw was 0.8

THE LATEST COVID-19 NUMBERS THAT I HAVE FOR BELGIUM

Rules relaxed

Belgium has gone onto a colour coded barometer system for restrictions and it was decided on Friday, 11th of February 2022 that from next Friday (18th February) we will have restrictions reduced from code Red to code Orange.

CODE ORANGE FROM NEXT FRIDAY

Jabs

The vaccination program proceeds exceptionally well, in Belgium, except for the Brussels region. By the time this post goes live, over 60 percent of Belgium’s total population will have received it’s 3rd (booster) jab, including myself. Rollout of the fourth jab has been launched.

FOURTH COVID-19 JAB AVAILABLE IN BELGIUM SOON

Entering Belgium just got easier

Rules for entering Belgium from abroad have been relaxed.

NEW RULES FOR GETTING INTO BELGIUM FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY

The French like me again

In the link that is provided, the article states that the rules were for those coming from the UK. This is inaccurate, the rules, in France, applied to all UK citizens, coming from anywhere, with the exception of those resident in France and drivers of lorries (trucks). Over the Christmas period, French authorities banned most UK citizens from entering France. A few weeks ago, this was relaxed to a negative PCR test being required to enter France. As of the 12th of February 2022, all of these restrictions have been dropped, as long as you can prove that you have been vaccinated.

BRITS CAN GO TO FRANCE AGAIN

Personally

I am willing, with all my might, that things stay on the up, like this. Travel back to the old country seems to be possible again and today I will be phoning members of my family and start planning a trip back to the UK, to see as many of them as possible, for the first time in over two years. I did cry real (happy) tears over this, when I first realized I might be able to go this time.

Stay safe and happy everyone

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