Red Light-o’-love

One of the last strongholds of fair selling love seems to become just a tale soon. They are going to close a legendary red-light district in Amsterdam – De Wallen.

In the Middle Ages Amsterdam became a major trading port with a black-jack and you know what else. Red lights appeared in the 16th century for the drunk sailors. So that they wouldn’t molest “decent” women, local citizens asked the prostitutes to light up the places they worked with red candles. Later, the government gave the Amsterdam prostitutes the whole ghetto and even obligated them to pay tax.


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