The sex industry in the Netherlands is heavily regulated and is generally considered fairly safe, especially in comparison to the same industry that goes on underground in other countries.
Brothels need to have permits; plenty of policemen patrol the Red Light District to ensure the safety of both clients and prostitutes, and the latter need to take frequent health tests.
You might also notice windows with a blue light instead of a red one.
This means that the person behind the glass is transgender or transvestite.
The area is also home to the beautiful gothic You don’t need to knock on one of the women’s windows if you want to know more about her work in the Red Light District.
You will also see some windows with curtains shut and the red light turned off: it sort of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?Being one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam, it has a lot to offer for foodies, enthusiasts of beautiful architecture and (amateur) photographers.If you visit this picturesque area during the day, you will find many unique shops as well as great cafes and restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world.The two things that are illegal and closely monitored are forced prostitution and underage prostitution.When visiting the RLD, do remember that taking photos of the women is strictly forbidden!