Red Light Blues Amsterdam Prostitutes Fear Corona Lockdown Could Become Permanent

After years of being overrun by tourists, Amsterdam is suddenly rediscovering what life is like without visitors. The city's infamous red-light district is currently empty, and the prostitutes who work there are afraid it could stay that way.
A German sex worker, who goes by the name Eve, sits at her workplace inside Amsterdam's red-light district.

A German sex worker, who goes by the name Eve, sits at her workplace inside Amsterdam's red-light district.

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Tourists shuffle, shoulder to shoulder, through Amsterdam's red-light district in this March, 2019 photo.

Tourists shuffle, shoulder to shoulder, through Amsterdam's red-light district in this March, 2019 photo.

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Sex worker Charlotte de Vries

Sex worker Charlotte de Vries

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Anne Backhaus/ DER SPIEGEL

"The coronavirus is dangerous, but it's been a godsend for us. The tourists were the pandemic."

Bert Nap, Anwohner in De Wallen

Two men walk past a brothel in Amsterdam.

Two men walk past a brothel in Amsterdam.

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YVES HERMAN/ REUTERS

Postcards for sale in Amsterdam

Postcards for sale in Amsterdam

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Anne Backhaus/ DER SPIEGEL

De Wallen resident Bert Nap

De Wallen resident Bert Nap

Foto: Anne Backhaus/ DER SPIEGEL

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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