Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Although prostitution is legal is many countries, Amsterdam’s Red Light is easily the most famous of them all.

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I’ve been to Amsterdam numerous times, and it really is one of the most remarkable cities I have ever been to. Known more for the ‘seedy’ aspects, Amsterdam is also a beautiful and fascinating city in it’s own right – with it’s natural beauty, canals, and historical aspects such as the actual ‘attic’ that Anne Frank hid in during WWII – but to back to the ‘seedy’ aspects, it’s the type of city that everyone should try and visit just once.

The infamous windows with the prostitutes range from all types, from all over the world, I even heard a few American accents. In the center areas are the upper caliber women, and the thing that struck me the most was how beautiful some were. I guess I had preconceived notions, but a few of the ladies really wouldn’t have been out of place gracing the cover of a top fashion magazine.

Then when you venture into the side alleys, things change, the deeper you go the more frights you can see. I saw women who weighed nothing under 300lbs, and one section the ‘ladies’ were quite obviously men.

There are numerous live sex shows with men standing outside hawking them, sex shops, erotic museums; all interspersed with great nightclubs, cafes and packs of gawking tourists.

I am heading back to Amsterdam in a few weeks, so my memory was jogged to recall an incident I had there on one occasion.

I decided to take a photo of one of the Amsterdam window girls, and she started screaming at me then next thing I know some beefy security guy appeared from nowhere and the scene ended with me sprinting away at top speed. Unknown to me at the time, it is illegal to photograph them.

On a positive note, I got a quick burst of cardio in and burned a few calories during my panic stricken run away.

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