Economic Impact of Drugs and Prostitution in the Netherlands

in Transnational Crime

Government officials in the Netherlands reported that the legalized trade of drugs and prostitution in Amsterdam and across the country contributes $3.4 Billion (€2.5 Billion) to the national economy. The two industries contribute to 0.4 percent of the Netherlands GDP.

Statistics Netherlands stated that most of the consumption of the services is domestic and takes place in the marijuana coffee shops and brothels.

(Sex trade revenue around the world.)

Source: “It’s official: drugs, prostitution boost Dutch economy,” Reuters, June 25, 2014.


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