Why Amsterdam’s legal brothels are a brutal lesson for Britain – and NZ!

25 November 2012

MailOnline 23 Nov 2012
Thousands of other young Dutch girls, some  only 11 or 12 years old, are still in the power of the prowling gangs after a  controversial social experiment to legalise brothels. In a chilling parallel to the scandal  sweeping Britain’s towns and cities, where a multitude of girls have been lured  into sex-for-sale rings run by gangs, the Dutch pimps search out girls at school  gates and in cafes, posing as ‘boyfriends’ promising romance, fast car rides and  restaurant meals.

The men ply their victims with vodka and  drugs. They tell them lies: that they love them and their families don’t care  for them. Then, the trap set, they rape them with other gang members, often  taking photos of the attack to blackmail the girl into submission. Befuddled, frightened, and too ashamed to  tell parents or teachers, the girls are cynically isolated from their old lives  and swept into prostitution. So dangerous are the gangs that the girls at  the safe house never venture out alone, and when they have a coffee together in  the back garden they are not allowed to talk about their past in case neighbours  overhear.

Anything-goes Amsterdam has long been hailed  as a sex mecca. The red-light district attracts thousands of customers, many of  them tourists, who walk through alleys where half-naked prostitutes prance in  the windows of some 300 brothels illuminated with scarlet bulbs. A century ago, the brothels were banned to  stop the exploitation of women by criminal gangs of Dutch men. But gradually the  sex establishments crept back, with the authorities turning a blind  eye. In 2000, after pressure from prostitutes  (demanding recognition as sex workers with employment rights) and Holland’s  liberal intelligentsia (championing the choice of women to do what they wished  with their bodies), the brothels were legalised. The working girls got permits,  medical care, and now there are 5,000 in the red-light district. But things went badly wrong. Holland’s newly  legal sex industry was quickly infiltrated by street-grooming gangs with one  target: the under-age girl virgin who can be sold for sex.

…Lodewijk Asscher, 38, a leading politician,  says: ‘Hard-line criminal behaviour is happening behind those windows. Girls are  physically abused if they don’t work hard enough. It is slavery, which was  abolished a long time ago in the Netherlands.’ He has championed new rules in Amsterdam’s  red-light district from January. Prostitutes will sign a register and the  minimum age for sex workers will be raised from 18 to 21, to try to stop girls  being forced to work by the gangs.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237170/Why-Amsterdams-legal-brothels-lesson-Britain-telling-truth-sex-gangs-race.html

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