Few tourists know this red-light district in Ruysdaelkade, a canal street behind the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which is much smaller than the main one next to the central station.
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A continuous flow of men goes past the block, while young women in black and red underwear pose on high stools behind windows with red awnings. A short man in a wool cap steps out of the building.
An Indian immigrant in his 40s, he has lived in Amsterdam for 13 years. They look happy. I don't believe they are trafficked or forced to do it.
Rob, a British man who manages the coffee shop next door, says: "We see some of these guys every day. They buy sex compulsively. I have a little contempt for them. Most of them come from eastern Europe.
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Some do it willingly, some are forced. There is no trouble here. Police cameras, set high on electric poles, watch constantly.
For them, this is ordinary street life in Amsterdam. An armed robbery has been the only incident over the past few months. A man pretended to be a client and then held two women up at gunpoint to get their money.
I've never seen a bruise on them, or a black eye. Plans in other European countries such as France to criminalise the men who pay for sex sound unnecessary to him.
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Criminalise, what for? It will always be there, if you try to suppress it, it will come back in one form or another and it will be harder to control.
Peak hours on Ruysdaelkade are from noon to 5pm. Some men stand on the other side of the street to get a better view of the women.
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A man with long hair hurries along the street, taking quick glances at the women. Does he believe some of them have been trafficked from Hungary, Romania or Albania? Where they come from, what they do with their money, this is not my problem. I come, I pay and that's it.
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