Prostitutes to get share ownership in brothels

AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam is looking for an investor to buy five buildings where sex workers can work collectively in their own prostitution business, a spokesman for the city's mayor says.

Currently, prostitutes in the city work individually, renting the windows where they stand on view for prospective customers from the brothel owners.

But this system leaves women vulnerable to pimps. City authorities hope the sex workers will be safer if they can work together in a building rented and run by a business they own. HVO-Querido, a foundation that teaches sex workers business skills, will help them run their enterprise.

"We're looking for a third party, a social entrepreneur, to buy these buildings and let them to the prostitutes," said spokesperson Jasper Karman, adding the city might consider letting buildings itself if no investor could be found.

"Sex workers have told us they want this," he said. "And it would provide a decent revenue for a third party."

The five buildings, in the heart of the prostitution zone, would offer 19 work spaces for about 50 prostitutes.

The red light district attracts floods of tourists, but many in the city object to the sex work image.

In recent years, the city has been buying up brothels and turning them into shops.

But critics say reducing the number of windows for rent has driven up prices, forcing sex workers onto the street or into private flats where they are more vulnerable.

Comments (6)

shit flababasteti

tozvireva - 9 February 2015

"...would provide a decent revenue for a third party." Really. Is this decent?

Tofty - 9 February 2015

this is crazy........!

girlycee - 9 February 2015

you dont have to be surprised or to use hate speech. When people talk about human rights, these are some of the agendas they will be implying. Same sex marriage is also part of human rights. Dont forget that almost all NGOs have an agenda for a particular country they will be resident. Some of the major donors in the world are dubious characters and for them to release certain amounts you have to relinquish something even hunhu hwako.

jore - 11 February 2015

Satanism at its highest level

EDDIE - 13 February 2015

Oh, nonsense, Eddie. You live in the midst of satanic doings, yet you call other people's right to earn a living by offering relief to men "Satanism". I feel sure you would LOVE to sample some of the services on offer in Amsterdam.

browneyes - 22 February 2015

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