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Red Light District signHolland: Tempting the Tourist With Hookers and Hookahs europeforvisitors.com
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and the sex industry has revenues estimated at nearly US $1 billion a year. Our article talks about drive-in brothels, "How much is that woman in the window?," and plans for a bordello in Schiphol Airport.

Amsterdam Closes a Window on its Red-Light Tourist Trade
The Guardian describes Amsterdam's efforts to curb organized crime by purchasing and closing down a third of the city's brothels. (The New York Times also has an article on the gentrification of the red-light district.)

Amsterdam XXX: The Walletjes
This handsomely designed site has expanded into a full-fledged alternative city guide, including an extensive section on the red-light district. It's definitely worth your time.

Amsterdam sex workerCan a Prostitute Be a Sight?
Rick Steves, the travel writer and TV host, discusses the Amsterdam's red-light district from a tourist's point of view.

MSNBC: Sold as a Sex Slave in Europe
Read this report to learn how Eastern European are being forced into prostitution in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Prostitution in Amsterdam
A no-nonsense, no-euphemisms guide to the red-light district, its clubs, and its professional women, as reported by the World Sex Guide.

Prostitution Information Centre
Bring your study group for a workshop, take a Sunday-morning walking tour of the red-light district, see a replica of a window brothel bedroom, or shop for condoms, lubricants, and prostitution-related souvenirs.

Amsterdam Hotspots: Red Lights
Three clubs and a high-class sex shop are reviewed here. Check the maps to find locations, then read user reviews or add your own.

Red Lights in Amsterdam
These images show 19 oil paintings (mostly nude figure studies of prostitutes) by Swedish artist Ulf Malmgren.


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