Adapted by Bryan Lufkin. But that might soon end. Dutch parliament is currently preparing to debate the legality of prostitution in the Netherlands. With the industry facing opposition from both the Christian right and feminist left, sex workers in the Red Light District are under pressure to protect their right to work.
The Strange, Seedy History Behind Window Shopping For Prostitutes In Amsterdam's Red Light District
The Strange, Seedy History Behind Amsterdam's Red Light District
The rooms have a double bed, an iron cupboard, a few utensils tucked away in a corner and a tiny refrigerator placed on a high wooden stool. Curtains hang at windows, pictures of Bollywood actors on the walls and young women roam around in towels and nightgowns, chatting volubly in Bengali. Bollywood hits rend the air—now loud, now muted, as doors open and close. This is a typical brothel in Sonagachi, the largest red light district in India, home to around 7, sex workers living and working in multi-storied buildings along the congested, decrepit bylanes of north Kolkata. These are some of their stories.
Between stereotypes: Being a male sex worker in Amsterdam
De Wallen, the infamous red light district in Amsterdam , Holland, is under threat. Many of its window brothels , in which women are displayed like carcasses for the entertainment of sex tourists, are closing down. Most legal street prostitution zones across the country have closed, and soon they will all cease operation. A number of politicians and law enforcers are now accepting that legalised prostitution has been an unmitigated disaster. There is currently a proposed law being considered by the Dutch Senate which, if passed, would result in punters being criminalised if they pay for sex with a trafficked, pimped or otherwise coerced woman.
City officials have embarked on a clean-up campaign, closing windows and buying out brothel owners and are now considering moving the windows altogether. And, spurred by a petition signed by 40, people, the legality of sex work is now under discussion as well. A lot is said and written about female prostitution — hardly surprising seeing as it is the most visible part of the sex industry. But what about male sex workers?