Women have sold sexual favours in Amsterdam since its earliest days as a port, but their clients are now outnumbered by gawping sightseers and revellers. The city’s red light district throngs with people on a good night (or day) out. Stag- and hen-parties squeeze along the canalsides; tour groups block the alleys. The women say that’s bad for business, and have to suffer people jeering at them, taking photos without consent, and spitting at the windows; residents complain of the crowds and the noise, and many Amsterdammers resent one of the oldest and most attractive parts of town being so infused with seediness. And then there are the darker issues of people-trafficking and forced prostitution…. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free We’re glad you’re enjoying The Telegraph Register or subscribe to continue readingAlready a subscriber? Log in Register Free One free Premium article per week Newsletters and daily briefings Register Subscribe 30 days free, then £2 per week Unlimited access to Premium articles Subscriber-only newsletters Exclusive… Read full this story
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