Proud believes that sex work should be decriminalised to stop women from being pushed underground and put into danger.
“No matter how you think about sex work from a moral perspective sex work is something that is being done and no matter that your reasons are for doing this job, if you do it you are a real human just like anyone else who does any other job,” Luhrs tells “But we often don't look at sex work like that, we often problematise it.” Luhrs joined the group as it was fighting against a proposed law in the Netherlands parliament that would see sex workers sent to jail for six months if they worked without a license.
“There were no sex workers involved in the process.
Van de Leur retired from gymnastics in 2008, after which she suffered personal difficulties, including a conviction for blackmail and a prison sentence. Her first national appearance was at the Dutch National Championship in 2000.
She began performing in adult webcam shows and then in adult films. She was the junior Dutch all-around champion and won three event finals.
“We have seen several cases where sex workers were being threatened by their city council to being kicked out of their homes as councils are ‘cleaning up’ areas," says Luhrs. So there are many reasons not to be visible as a sex worker.” This is another issue that policy makers must factor into laws surrounding sex work, says Luhrs, and why it's important for advocacy groups such as Proud to exist.