Amsterdam Sex and Prostitution
ABOVE: Waiting for a client.
Holland: Tempting the Tourist With
Hookers and Hookahs
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and the sex industry has revenues
estimated at nearly US $1 billion a year. Our article talks about drive-in
brothels, "How much is that woman in the window?," and plans for a
bordello in Schiphol Airport.
Amsterdam Closes a Window on its Red-Light Tourist Trade
The Guardian describes Amsterdam's efforts to curb organized crime by
purchasing and closing down a third of the city's brothels. (The New York
Times also has an
article on the gentrification of the red-light district.)
Amsterdam XXX: The Walletjes
This handsomely designed site has expanded into a full-fledged alternative city
guide, including an extensive section on the red-light district. It's definitely
worth your time.
Can a Prostitute
Be a Sight?
Rick Steves, the travel writer and TV host, discusses the Amsterdam's red-light district
from a tourist's point of view.
Prostitution in Amsterdam
A no-nonsense, no-euphemisms guide to the red-light district, its clubs, and its
professional women, as reported by the World Sex Guide.
Prostitution Information Centre
Bring your study group for a workshop, take a Sunday-morning walking tour of the
red-light district, see a replica of a window brothel bedroom, or shop for
condoms, lubricants, and prostitution-related souvenirs.
Hotspots: Red Lights
Three clubs and a high-class sex shop are reviewed here. Check the maps to find
locations, then read user reviews or add your own.
Lights in Amsterdam
These images show a series of oil paintings (mostly portraits and figure studies of prostitutes) by Swedish artist Ulf Malmgren.
Top photo: Matthew Bowden
1st inset photo: Martin Roe.
2nd inset photo: Roman Kazmin.