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10 Safety Measures for Prostitutes in Amsterdam Red Light District

Posted on: november 7, 2015

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Safety Measures For Prostitutes In Amsterdam

In order to ensure the safety of prostitutes in Amsterdam, the Dutch government has implemented several standardised laws throughout the years. With these prostitution rules the government believes that they make prostitution safer. For the prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District it comes down to the following 10 safety measures.

(Last updated: 12 June 2021)


1 | Every prostitute has to be registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

2 | Prostitutes are allowed to refuse customers (because they are self-employed).

3 | Daily shifts cannot be over 11 hours a day.

4 | The minimum age for prostitutes in the Red Light District is 21.

5 | Brothel operators have to contribute to the safety of the prostitute by being present at all times in case of emergencies.

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6 | Sex workers have to show their registration at the Chamber of Commerce and a certificate of residence.

7 | Brothel operators are regularly checked by the (local) government and police.

8 | All window brothels have security systems like camera’s outside at the entrance & panic buttons inside.

9 | The police monitor the area 24/7 with dozens of camera’s and (undercover) officers on the streets.

10 | The prostitutes are checked on income and tax.

Amsterdam’s Red Light District Is A Safe Area

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.

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Amsterdam’s most narrow alley  – with 9 window brothels.

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 these kind of safety measures for prostitutes by offering it for free.

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There are actually three Amsterdam Red Light District areas: De Wallen, De Singel/Spuistraat and the Ruysdaelkade. All the districts are in residential areas surrounded by cafes, restaurants and stores. This results into a lot of social control, which is one of the safety measures for prostitutes.

De Wallen – a.k.a. the Red Light District – is the biggest area of its kind in the Netherlands. It currently contains 292 window brothels.


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One Response to 10 Safety Measures for Prostitutes in Amsterdam Red Light District

  1. Rahul schreef:

    Hi there,

    I had opted for a “Blowjob” only, in RLD – Amsterdam (Window Prostitute) during last week. The lady (from Poland) was free and was not engaged with anybody for more than 5-7 minutes before i entered and took about 2-3 minutes to start-off on rendering the agreed service. While I went in, the lady put a condom on my private part(unrolled it till the end) and started off with oral and then the hand-job. I am doubtful if the condom put on was a new one or used by somebody else before me. I went through lot of websites regarding the same and found divulged opinions regarding shelf life of infected sperm in a used condom.

    Please clarify if i would be at risk of getting any infections transmitted if the condom was used by someone else before me and had traces of any infection in the above scenario.


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