In order to ensure the safety of every prostitute in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has implemented several standardised rules throughout the years. With these rules the government believes that they make prostitution safer. For the prostitutes in the Red Light District it comes down to the following 10 points.
In a previous interview with sex worker Felicia and her boyfriend (interesting read) Felicia points out that the work isn’t suited for fragile women. She states that when it comes to threatening clients who could possibly try to hit her: “No, I wouldn’t try it. I always think like, I’m not going to wait till somebody hits me, I hit first! That seems to work, haha. Of course I get into trouble sometimes but I always manage, I never need the police. You learn to be tuff with this job. You learn to not let anyone walk over you. Sometimes people say I’m very mean or I’m very aggressive. If you are like that with me I will respond in the same way. If you treat me nice I will be really nice with you but if you start to mess with me then I can not be nice, but that is normal I think. When somebody starts talking shit about me I will respond in the same manner.” Read her boyfriends views and some more about this here.
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands and therefore the prostitutes have the right to be protected by the government. Although absolute safety is difficult to guarantee, the implementation of these safety measures for prostitutes demonstrate that the Red Light District has become a relatively safe area. Especially compared to other countries in the world. It’s not for nothing that Amsterdam has a lot of prostitutes from abroad.
Although it is not mandatory, prostitutes make their own work environment more safe by doing regular health checks. Furthermore most prostitutes only do safe sex. They often get themselves tested for STD’s, which isn’t mandatory by the way. The Dutch government supports the health safety measures for prostitutes by offering it for free.
Did you know that Amsterdam actually has three Red Light District areas? All of the districts are in residential areas filled with cafes & restaurants. This results into a lot of social control, which is one of the safety measures for prostitutes.