Great tour of Amsterdam's main apparently there are three red light district with an experienced guide i. Funny, touching and passionate about sticking up for sex workers. Note: sorry for any inadvertent puns.
Facebook Twitter Email. According to the translated official statement from the Dutch government, "Tours along the prostitution windows cause a lot of bustle in the Red Light District and are not respectful towards sex workers. The Dutch government wants to stop the tours as they believe the area is suffering from overtourism and that walking tours of the neighborhood exploit the lingerie-clad sex workers in neon-lit windows as tourist attractions.
Prostitution is big business in Europe. By some estimates, the number of prostitutes across the European Union's 28 members states ranges betweenand as many as 1. While prostitution has a long history in Europe, it's legality varies from country to country.
The Dutch capital plans to ban such tours, saying they are disrespectful and contribute to congestion in the narrow, canal-side streets where scantily-clad sex workers sit behind windows to attract customers. The first step in the new policy was taken Monday night in the red light district, with tours banned from 7 p. Velvet declined to give her real name, saying that because of the stigma attached to sex work, most sex workers use a working name or pseudonym to protect their privacy and safety. The total ban on guided tours, which is planned to come into full force on Jan.
Last Updated on March 26, So many visitors are curious about the Red Light District in Amsterdam. A former resident of Amsterdam, I have quite a bit to say about the Red Light District known as de Wallenwhich is one of the most debated neighborhoods in Amsterdam.
Yet the infamous alleys of the De Wallen neighborhood—lined with coffee shops and windows featuring scantily clad sex workers—could soon face a transformation as local government officials strive to implement a new policy, set to increase the number of sex-work permits beyond De Wallen in an attempt to provide sex workers with opportunities elsewhere. Since legalizing prostitution inthe Netherlands has been increasingly vigilant in combating human trafficking and other forms of criminal activity. But critics say the current government has failed to tie the sex trade to increased crime.
The Dutch capital plans to ban guided tours of the red light district, saying they are disrespectful and contribute to congestion in the narrow, canal-side streets where scantily-clad sex workers sit behind windows to attract customers. The Dutch capital plans to ban such tours, saying they are disrespectful and contribute to congestion in the narrow, canal-side streets where scantily-clad sex workers sit behind windows to attract customers. The first step in the new policy was taken Monday night in the red light district, with tours banned from 7 p.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Four young men in puffa jackets jostle, slapping their palms against the glass windows, waving at women posing in lacy lingerie. Even they know about the banter," one tells me, gesturing towards a brothel.
It was clear to me back then that most of the prejudices about this subject exist because people know too little about it, and that what they do know is mostly one sided and too negative. A place with information, given by someone with experience in the field, seemed like a good plan. And I still think that.
Prostitutes who stand in the neon-lit windows in De Wallen say crowds of selfie-snapping tourists who pose for photos in front of them and choke the streets drive away real business. Gawkers and shutterbugs also put the women at risk of unwanted social media exposure, according to a report by the BBC. Some prostitutes have put up signs in the their windows of a camera with a red line through it, but it may not be enough.