EuroTrip 2018 – Red Lights District Amsterdam Anecdote!

Hi my loves!

Hope whereever you are reading me from, you are having a nice time.

Alright, this post is to bounce on from the previous post about my EuroTrip and would be a continuation of my Amsterdam experience.

I would be briefly (hopefully not too long) giving my anecdotes about Amsterdam.

So the first one is about my Red Light District Experience.¬†Before you reading this post begins to imagine things, let me clarify. It’s about my experience visiting the red light district and nothing more haha.

I have never been around such “milieu” so I was not too sure what to expect. All I knew about red lights based on what my friends had told me prior to getting to Amsterdam and for sure, I knew it was that it is an area for prostitutes. But it was rated among the top places to go to when in Amsterdam so out of curiosity and in the company of my friends, we made our way to the famous “Red Lights” . I had never seen such a place before.

Everywhere was reddish and overcrowded. Of course this isn’t a picture taken by me. I just got this online because rule #1 – You don’t take pictures at the red light. I wish I had known this before hand…

While walking with my friends, my friend (Mia) had her phone out and was taking snaps of the girls on display.

Just as on the picture above until the young on display opened her door and aggressively bounced on my friend. She called her all sorts of names (bitch, fuckx bitch, stupid to name a few) and then asked her if she didn’t have respect for their work. She made my friend delete all videos and pictures she had taken and flung her phone. I was so not ready for that to happen and I was in so much shock that I just watched. We ended up apologising endlessly in hope that she doesn’t get physical.

At last, she told us to leave and insulted us again once more repeating we should have respect.

That word “respect” baffled me. Had I just heard a “prostitute” asking us to show respect. I was in complete disbelieve. Not that they do not deserve respect as human beings but asking me to show respect for their profession was not something I was ready to hear.

That whole evening, we debated upon whether or not prostitutes deserve respect with my friends.

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Personally, I do believe respect is a strong word. I think those who deserve respect are those who respect themselves. Selling your body in my opinion shows disrespect towards your own self, because you are lessening the value of who you are and it speaks volume about your character.

However, my friend (Ben) responded saying it would be totally be foolish to assume all prostitutes are morally corrupt individuals and hence do not deserve respect. He added, that “it’s supposed to be the world’s oldest profession and I see no problem with prostitutes who aren’t being coerced into sex by pimps.

Mia said added to this that “unfortunately, many prostitutes are basically slaves who have been sold into the sex trade. They are putting their lives in danger as the only means of survival.

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Regrettably, no matter how old the profession is, and the varying reasons behind prostitution, I would not agree to these ways and would therefore not be in support in any way.

Before I continue, I have to remind you that prostitution in Amsterdam is legal so a place like “The Red Lights” even have cobs walking around in search of their own pleasures.

Again, for me there’s no two way to go about this than having my answer from a biblical stance point (note how I do not refer to religion in anyway. – no matter the religion you follow, I know this is condemned by God).

Prostitution is in the same bundle as sexual immorality and if you read my previous post you will understand better (click here).

Proverbs 5: 3-14 God forbids involvement with prostitutes. And he does in so many other verses of the bible.

In Thessalonians 4: 3 it says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.

To sum up as a final opinion and building up on what I have said above, I believe they deserve to be treated as any other human being but having to respect their profession like the lady asked us at The Red Lights is not something I would do. Why would you want to be respected when you are on public display like a commodity/possession and selling/exposing your nakedness.

For sure God looks at the hearts and him alone can judge them however, my faith in Him because He forbids any involvement with prostitutes because He knows how detrimental it is.

God’s desire is that we stay pure and use our bodies as tools for His use and glory (Romans 6:13)

And before you think God doesn’t forgive prostitution, He does because prostitutes aren’t beyond God’s scope of forgiveness. Remember the story of Rahab (Joshua 2:1, 6:17-25). Anyone has the opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life from God, to be cleansed of all their unrighteousness and be given a brand new life. All you need to do is to repent and believe in God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come

I will love to have your own thoughts. Let me know what you think about respecting prostitutes and prostitution as a job.

See you in the next post!!!

EuroTrip – Part 2

19’s Observations.

2 Replies to “EuroTrip 2018 – Red Lights District Amsterdam Anecdote!”

  1. The whole idea of respect is a tricky one. Although I understand your point of view, I believe every human being deserves a certain amount of respect regardless of what their job is. After all, prostitution is legal. Therefore they are not commiting a crime. I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable if a visitor came into my office and started taking my picture randomly without asking for my permission first. So it is understandable that they don’t want to be photgraphed. However the amount of aggression described speaks volumes about their self-esteem. Great write up!

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    1. Hello there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I definitely agree with you on the fact that everyone deserves to be respected irrespective of their job. It’s called being civil and that’s why we apologised when they came out and expressed their anger when we took the photos. Now when it comes to respect towards the profession, I personally don’t see prostitution as a respectable job based on my morals and Christian stance. In this case, legal or illegal, I wouldn’t compare it to a standard corporate job (as you gave the example of you at work) where the setting is more professional (and all that …); the girls here are on display just like Barbie dolls in a toy shop from a glass wall. The place attracts tourists from all over the world and it’s among top places to visit in Amsterdam. So on going there, our idea wasn’t one were people were at work, it was more like, let’s visit this place. I will also agree with you on the self-esteem point. After talking through the night, we came to realise that most of the girls are University students, and migrants with families and lives, so photos could potentially threaten their reputations. They probably have self-esteem issues (really trying not to generalise here) as they don’t perceive themselves as worthy of respect, valuable and confident. Again, I wonder if there are any individuals out there who are proud of being prostitutes.

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