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Is Prostitution Really Legal in Amsterdam?


Question: Is Prostitution Really Legal in Amsterdam?
You may have heard that prostitution is legal in Amsterdam, and indeed it is. Find out more about the Dutch policy on prostitution.
Answer: Indeed, prostitution is legal in the entire country of the Netherlands; in fact, it's never been considered a criminal offense. Before October 2000, there did exist bans on brothels; but these were lifted and such businesses are now considered legitimate, legal operations.

This article from Radio Netherlands Worldwide answers dozens of questions surrounding the controversial policy. Interested in learning about the sex industry in Amsterdam from someone who knows the business, so to speak? Read my review of a Red Light District tour given by former prostitutes. These women now work for the Prostitution Information Center in Amsterdam, a legitimate (but not completely unbiased) resource for gaining understanding of this complex topic.
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