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Every light that you see corresponds to a brothel (bordelo). You could spot them almost anywhere in the town. It comprises of a small room as wide as the door in which there is a bed and a small wc on the back. The prostitute (sometimes so beautiful as some well known models!!!!) stands just behind the glass door just like a doll on a shop's window. You pass by, you see her, you ask for the price, you enter, she drawes the curtain, you do ...whatever you do, you leave, she stays.

On the 1st of October 2000 a ban on Dutch brothels from 1911 was lifted. In January 2001 prostitution was considered a profession like any other. Prostitutes have the right to claim hygienic working conditions, security at the workplace and so on. They shall have a working condition and pay income tax. "Forced" prostitution and procuring are illegal. After a case where an employment agency offered a position as a prostitute to a woman seeking employment, the Dutch Social ministry have stated that the brothels can advertise on the agencies but they must not actively offer such positions to women who come and seek work.

A summary of the prostitution regulations in the EU member states can be found here (EU parliament reference):
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/hearings/20040119/femm/document1_en.pdf

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