As the night falls, the red fluorescent lights become evident. I came here with a heavy heart to research about them, to understand why they do it, how they got here, as well as their opinions on human trafficking and pimping -- one of Amsterdam's most sensitive issue.
There were over 5,000 prostitutes here 5 years ago. Today, they are merely 1,000. All hail from various parts of the world, youngest being 18 and oldest 83. All pay taxes, have their own hospital and religious sites to pray in, and a strong union.
During the night, it's unbelievable. An even older part of this city is brought out, intriguing and exciting visitors. I liked the sleaze, the grim, the passionate, the reds, and the atmosphere. It's unique, uniquely different.