Red Light Secrets or the Museum of Prostitutes in the Red Light District of Amsterdam is an interesting trip, which gives you some context of what prostitution is actually like in Amsterdam. In a previous post I showed some of the window girls or "Kamers." Of course these sex workers are people too, and usually they didn't consciously make a decision to become a sex-worker. In the museum they provide stories of sex workers and some examples of the rooms they work in.
"My name is Anna. I come from Poland. I have worked in this room for seven years. Often seven days a week, 12 hours a day. In these seven years I've had I think 25,000 customers. Usually they paid me 50 Euro but sometimes less. If it was really quiet, just 30 Euro. If I calculate what I have earned, I makes me feel sick. All together maybe a million euro. Nearly all that money is gone. Every day I paid 150 euro roomrent. Nearly all the money that was left went to the man who brought me to Amsterdam. If I had known this, I would never have gone with him. He told me he had a job for me in a hotel. He took my passport and I had to give him all the money I earned. He would keep it for me, but all that money is gone. I was afraid of him. He was aggressive and he threatened to tell my family what I was doing.
After four years, he was arrested for trafficking.
I stayed in prostitution, what else could I do? I still work, but now in a different room.
I saved money during the last years. If I have enough money, I'm going back to Poland.