The Red light district in Amsterdam is full of contriversy and curiosity. Our guides like to really get to grips with past, present and future of one of Amsterdams most famous neighbourhoods. Since our guides have all lived in Amsterdam for years, they have all made numerous contacts in this area and have seen both the good and bad of this district and how its changed over the years.
Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands since 1809, but the ban on brothels was finally lifted in 2000, with De Wallen itself housing 292 brothels (at last check). However – lets be honest with ourselves! Prostitution is, arguably, the oldest profession in the world, so what about a time before legalisation? What about the future of it? To learn about the future hold for this area, we break it down:
Past: The history of prostitution prior to its legalisation.
Present: How it works – Brothels – how they are rented? Sex Workers – requirements behind renting out a window. Safety – what protection is there for the girls, residents and tourists?
Future: Project 1012 – launched in 2007 to tidy and control the red light district, but at what cost? Closing brothels – will this improve the situation, or will it make it worse?
Over the last 11 years this area has reduced dramatically in size and there are, without doubt, two very strong opinions on this. Those that want it to stay as it is, and others who want it gone altogether.
Our guides can openly and honestly say that, despite having their own opinions, they all see and appreciate both sides. As a result, they aim to show the area in full: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and give you BOTH arguments in a full and unbiased way, which will leave you to make your own opinion on whether this are is good for the city, or if it causes people to assume a wrong and un justified reputation.