The “Sensuous City” of Netherlands, Amsterdam is seated on the banks of the IJ bay and the Amstel River. The late 12th century’s small fishing village, Amsterdam is now the financial, cultural, and the distractive center of Netherlands. It’s the largest city and the official capital of Netherlands.
Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s widely known for its amazing architecture, majestic mansions, marvelous museums and galleries, charming canals, top class shopping malls, and hotels.
One more thing that Amsterdam is famous for is its Prostitutes and its world famous Red Light District- De Wallen. Prostitution is legal in Netherlands at several places, and Amsterdam is famous destination for sex tourism.
Actually there are three Red Light Districts in Amsterdam De Wallen, Singel, and de Pijp.
De Wallen is the main area that is Centraal Station and Nieuwenmarkt. Singel is Raadhuistraat and Centraal Station, and de Pijp is behind the Rijksmuseum.
Amsterdam’s Red light District, De Wallen outstrips Bourbon Street of New Orleans in the field of sex and sensuality. Also known as Walletjes or Rosse Buurt, Amsterdam’s Red light District- De Wallen is the largest in the city and the most famous in the world.
Located in the heart of the oldest part of Amsterdam along major canals, covering several blocks south of the church Oude Kerk, De Wallen is a major tourist attraction of the city. The name Wallen refers to the names of the two canals in the area, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal and the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. The red light district has been there in the city since the 14th century. Formerly, it contained many distilleries, mainly catering to sailors.
Amsterdam’s Red light District, De Wallen is a network of alleys containing several hundred tiny one-room apartments rented by female prostitutes and some ladyboys who offer their sex services from behind a window. The red light district has a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops offering various cannabis products.
Locally known as the Rossebuurt, the red light district is known for prostitutes, packs of men, young and old, couples holding hands, giggling groups of women celebrating a hen night, and tourist. Many prostitutes are ready to offer more than a school boy peep-show in a private cabin.
It’s not the sex or prostitution that is the only appealing thing in the red light district, rather the setting of the place is also interesting part of the place that is perhaps what really a few people notice. The red light district is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city; the part that features tree-enshrouded canals, nice cobbled streets, amazingly enamoring 14th century architecture, and music.
It’s the place that lures you to linger just there little bit longer at the area’s fine restaurants such as Café Pacifico, one of Europe’s first Mexican restaurants that makes the place more charming.
The charm of the red light district is intense however tourists or other visitors are prohibited to capture the charms of the place in their cameras; photography is strictly banned in the red light district.
De Wallen has women of most nationalities offering their services. These women have rented rooms from private owners for some 100-150 euros per 8 hour shift. Condoms are generally used for sexual intercourse however not always in oral sex. A prostitute usually charges from 40 to 50 euros for about 20 minutes of sex, sometimes some girls charge 20 euro extra for taking off their tops.
De Wallen is badly hit by pimping and human trafficking in the recent times. According to the reports, there are two main groups behind human traffickers on de Wallen, the “loverboys” and “the Turks.” The “loverboys” are young males of Moroccan origin luring young women to work for them as prostitutes, and the “Turks” are trafficking in Eastern European prostitutes. Often the young guys of these groups entrap beautiful girls through a love affair and get them into prostitution. Girls call this “voodoo.”
Amsterdam authorities have liberal and tolerant attitude towards the red light district. The country is honest enough to accepting the thing and letting the things going their way. Legalizing the prostitution doesn’t mean that the city authorities aren’t completely unconcerned about the growing problems. A recent study has revealed that about 7 % of all Dutch prostitutes including street prostitutes have HIV/AIDS.
However Health and social services are readily available in the city, but the women are not often required to undergo regular health checks. The city authorities are looking into pimping and human trafficking at the red light district. Often investigations are conducted and culprits are nabbed.
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