What It’s Really Like To Be a Sex Worker in the Red Light District

What does legalized prostitution look like? For people in the United States--and other parts of the world where the sale of sex is illegal--it might be difficult to imagine. However, when you look to countries where sex work is permitted by law, you can see that there are actually several different forms it can take.

For example, in Sweden, they’ve opened up drive-in sex garages, which you can learn more about here.

And in the Netherlands, they have some walk-up sex windows. On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I learned a lot about these windows and how they work when I took a guided tour of the Red Light District. My tour guide was herself a sex worker who works for the Prostitution Information Center in Amsterdam in her spare time as a way of educating the public about the realities of sex work.

Needless to say, the tour was fascinating and I highly recommend it should you ever find yourself in the city.

In my latest article over at Playboy, I documented some of the most interesting things I learned on the tour, including how the industry itself is regulated, what it's like to work behind the glass, and what the going rate for sex currently is.

Check out the full article for the details. While you're over at Playboy, check out the rest of my Hard Science column to learn more about the science of sex. Some of my other recent articles include: 

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