Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hookers, booze, and drugs

Guidelines for men visiting prostitutes in the Amsterdam Red Light District  In the Red Light District no-one sees moral restraints in using services of a sex worker. I you see a girl behind a “designated” window, and you might want … Continue reading

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Drugs on the Head of the Zeedijk

Let’s face it, if the heroin trade wouldn’t have caused so much nuisance to local businesses, the Ministry of Justice would never have invested all these millions into easily accessible social services. Actually, politicians didn’t want to help heroin addicts, … Continue reading

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Chinatown and the Drug Scene

It was Police Commissioner Gerard Toorenaar who advocated the idea of tolerating drugs and prostitution, instead of forbidding them, because if you tolerated these phenomenons you would be able to control them.   In 1911 the Steam Society Netherlands recruited in secret … Continue reading

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A Different Perspective

Only when I visited places like Naples, Bangkok and New York, while I picked up my old profession as a ship’s chef on traditional cruise ships, I realised how much I missed the Amsterdam Red Light District. Compared to other communities of hookers, … Continue reading

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“I Do What I Do”

I Do What I Do  “Well, take off your coat and start warming your hands  because cold hands on my body make me shiver.  It seems like winter, I left the heater on overnight.  And it rains, I don’t like … Continue reading

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Amsterdam, 1960

A Geographical and Sociological Survey  Amsterdam, 1960. Amsterdam prostitution is as old as the city itself, and it was (and is) concentrated in the area close to the old port of the city, for obvious reasons. Until the 19th century Amsterdam was … Continue reading

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Thin Lines

The Thin Line Between Prostitutes And Other Women  Okay, so a prostitute is a woman who offers sexual or affectionate services in exchange for money. How many clients should a woman have before you can categorize her as prostitute? A … Continue reading

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