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Prostitution in Holland


Prostitution in the Netherlands

(This article was last updated on the 9th of July 2019)

Learn everything about legal prostitution in Holland during one of our tours with a local expert.

In Holland, prostitution is legal throughout the entire country and sex workers have several workplace-options to choose from:

  • Window brothels
  • Sex clubs or large brothels
  • As an escort
  • In a massage salon
  • At home

Window Prostitution In the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a 1272 window brothels where prostitution is practiced. 384 of them are located in Amsterdam. 292 are in Red Light District, also known as De Wallen – Holland’s biggest red light district area. 20%t of all the prostitutes in Holland work in window brothels. Other cities in Holland where window prostitution takes place are: Alkmaar, Almelo, Den Haag, Deventer, Doetinchem, Eindhoven, Groningen, Haarlem, Heerenveen, Leeuwarden, Maasbracht, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Sneek & Windschoten. Landlords of window brothels must obtain a permit from their respective municipality, the prostitute must have a residence permit and should be at least 18 years old. Amsterdam however is an exception to this rule, in the capitol prostitutes have to be at least 21 years old.

History of Prostitution - Window brothel in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Red Light District Window Brothel Prices

Prostitutes in the Netherlands are self-employed and determine their own rates and working methods. Some have certain specialities like S&M, electro sex, bondage, etc. This makes them more unique than others, which gives them the option to charge more. The starting price for visiting a prostitute in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is 50 euros. Once you start talking with a prostitute prices can be negotiated both up or down depending on your demands and the type of prostitute you’re dealing with.

Some prostitutes allow for threesomes. The average price for having a threesome with a prostitute in Amsterdam is a 100 euro. Some of the prostitutes in the area allow couples, but some rather do a threesome with another prostitute.

A window prostitute in Amsterdam

Cost Of Renting A Window Brothel In Amsterdam

The cost of renting a window brothel in Amsterdam ranges between 130 and 200 euros for a night shift and 80 to a 110 euros for a day shift. Usually a shift is between 6 and 8 hours, depending on the day and the number of people in the Red Light District. A day is divided into two or three shifts. The busier it is, the more expensive the rent for the window brothel. In addition, the prostitutes also have to pay for some form of security and practical things, such as bedding & cleaning. The prostitutes are allowed to determine the prices that they want to charge to a customer but the starting is 50 euros. Also, a big misunderstanding is that sex workers have to accept every customer. They select their customers themselves.

Amsterdam Red Light District Map

Amsterdam Red Light District Map - Where are the Red Light District areas?
This map gives you an impression of all the brothels in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. This is the area where our local guides host their tours. 

Window Brothel Benefits For Prostitutes:

  • Prostitutes can work independently.
  • They can set their own prices.
  • They can decide their own working hours.
  • They can choose their own clients.

One of the disadvantages of working in window prostitution is that there is still quite a lot of competition even with the standard rate put in place. The competition is usually focussed in the smallest and the most busy area.

Our Interview With A Dutch Window Prostitute

We go the extra mille in doing research so we can share fascinating stories with you! This is what you want to hear; facts and real stories from real people. We are the only tour company in Amsterdam that talks with the people that make up this fascinating and historical part of the city!

Interview with a Dutch prostitute in Amsterdam

Recently, we interviewed Caja van Tolie, a Dutch prostitute in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and asked her a bunch of questions about prostitution. Caja has been working as a sex worker for 16 years now. CLICK HERE to read her exclusive interview.

Best office ever - Former brothel in Amsterdam Red Light District.
Best office ever! #OnlyInHolland 

Street Prostitution In Holland?

There is no street prostitution in Amsterdam. There used to be street prostitution in Amsterdam, though. In the 1950’s prostitutes stood next to the Old Church in the heart of the Red Light District to pick up customers. But those times are long gone. Other municipalities in Holland do allow for street prostitution in designated areas called “tippelzones” which loosely translates into “hustle zones”.

Street prostitution in Amsterdam Red Light District in 1958.
Street prostitution in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Year 1958. 

Sex Clubs In Holland

A sex club often has a space where clients and prostitutes meet, socialise and drink. The customer then chooses one of the ladies and she takes him to a room. Sex clubs in the Netherlands must have a permit from the local government. Prostitutes should have a residence permit and should be at least 18 years old, which soon might be changed into 21 years countrywide. Prostitutes work as an entrepreneur in a sex club. They aren’t employed by the owner, but they rent the facilities that the sex club offers. There are approximately 400 sex clubs in Holland. Amsterdam counts a total of 16 sex clubs and 25 escort companies. The sex clubs differ quite a lot from each-other ranging from very simple to extravagant. In general, prices in sex clubs are higher compared  to private homes or window brothels.

Benefits Of Sex Clubs:

  • A sex club must comply with certain regulations.
  • Prostitutes can determine their own prices.
  • Prostitutes can work fairly anonymous.
  • The workplace is contains surveillance and social control.

One of the main disadvantages of working in a sex club, is that there is a lot of competition as well.

Amsterdam Prostitutes STD Checkups

Prostitutes in Holland are not required by law to do STD checkups. However a lot of them do checkups occasionally according to our sources. There is a special STD clinic of the GG&GD (Dutch public health services) in the Red Light District where prostitutes, or anyone else for that matter, can go for an anonymous health checkup concerning venereal diseases. Health services stress that consistent condom use is actually much more important than frequent or compulsory health checks.

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Would you like to know more about prostitution in Holland? Join our Red Light District Tour in Amsterdam! We can tell you a lot more interesting things about sex work in Holland and its history. Also, we’ll show you the best, hidden places in the Amsterdam’s Red Light District!