Red light district –the red neon heart of Amsterdam

There is no visit in Amsterdam if you didn’t go for a walk in the city center and in the Red light district to admire “the naked beauties” and visit the sex shops or even a strip club (ups). One thing is sure…Amsterdam red light district is nothing like what you’ve seen before but don’t be afraid, this is legal! 🙂

First you should know that even if this area is well known for the legal prostitution there are few etiquette rules which if you brake, you might get brutalized 😮

In no particular order except 1st one, here are the main rules:

  1. No recording allowed. I am referring here to recording because most people read “no photo” like literally so they try to film the naked girls. Well…let’s say that you haven’t seen an angry woman until you see these girls hitting the glass door or opening the door of their “place” and shouting at you in all kind of English “styles” … 🙂
  2. Do not tap the window or act disrespectful towards the girls
  3. Pay in advance. Have you ever heard of the unwritten rules of prostitution? Well this one is actually well known so you don’t get it if you don’t pay it, capisci? Also it might be important to discuss beforehand what is and not permitted during the…service.
  4. Red light of a window means it’s open and someone is “exposed” most of the times, while purple means at least someone is having fun ♥ :)))
  5. No unprotected sex. So what if you get there, you pay and you don’t want this? Then you go back where you came from because this is a rule of the legalized job where the girls need to take care of themselves for their own safety.
  6. No aggression is tolerated … and no more comments needed on this one.
  7. Once you’re finished you must leave, no cuddles included.
  8. No tip. There is a fixed tax for the service (tax included) varying between 50 EUR to thousands which includes tipping so although it’s highly appreciated, not expected. Price is decided before by the sex worker.
  9. Do not peek through the curtains (…you little deviant :D)
  10. Don’t stand in front of the doors or windows because as someone said: you never know what grabs you inside

Did you know?

♥  Around 90% of sex workers in Amsterdam are estimated to be female, 5% male and 5% transgender

♥  Not everyone can hire out a window for prostitution as the number of windows is limited and new permits are no longer issues. Prices can go up to 150 EUR for a 10h shift.

♥  Latest “count” of prostitutes in Amsterdam reached 7000, out of which up to 3500 can be “viewed” in the windows of the Red Light, of all ages (+21), weight, marital status or … even pregnant!

De Wallen, together with the prostitution areas Singelgebied and Ruysdaelkade, form the Rosse Buurt (red light areas) of Amsterdam. Of these De Wallen is the oldest and largest best known red-light district in Amsterdam with over 300 cabins.

To better understand the decision to legalize prostitution read more here:

“In 1988, prostitution has been recognized as a legal profession. The new law introduced in October 2000 clearly makes prostitution legal, subjecting it to the municipal regulations about the organization and the practice of business. The authorities try to regulate prostitution, aiming at protecting minors, eliminating forced prostitution and combating the new phenomena of human trafficking. Any sex business must obtain from a municipality a license, certifying that it has fulfilled the legal requirements to operate.”

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