The areas also have a coffee service and social workers nearby, though presumably not so nearby as to dampen the mood. As you know, maintaining an erection near a LICSW is damn-near impossible.
Petra Timmermans is an Amsterdam-based advocate for porostitutes' rights.
Prostitution is a reality, she argues, and in order to protect those women and men who engage in it, it should be given equal status to other occupations.We should really start offering prostitute drive-in service at Rally's. Their hamburgers are just awful.
"We know, for instance, that there is exploitation in the textile industry but we don't scream 'Stop buying clothing' - we talk about labour rights and working conditions," Ms Timmermans says.
"We need to start talking in that way about prostitution."
See also: How the Dutch protect their prostitutes (bbc)