All About the Red Light District in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District doesn’t call itself that. To the Dutch, it’s De Wallen, or the Wall. The term “red light district” is mainly to tell you what’s going on there, and that’s sex work (called “pleasure work” here), which has only been legal in the Netherlands since 2000, and only between consenting adults. The wares in the city’s windows came about because of a legal loophole. But the history of the area goes back hundreds of years. Everyone knew about it, but police turned a blind eye because it was considered a necessary evil and there was a lot of money to be made, you know, like in the rest of the world. Now that pleasure work is legal, De Wallen is globally famous, and even more money is made from tourists who just want to be there and see it. The pleasure workers are regulated, pay taxes, and belong to a union, but there are still businesses that operate under the radar illegally. And the neighborhood’s history has plenty of seedy episodes. Weird History tells us all about Amsterdam’s Red Light District. This video is not explicit, but it’s probably not safe for your workplace.

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