Now this is Something to Glorify … Amsterdam Dedicates Statue to the World’s Prostitutes

 

Some stories just need nothing added. This happens to be one of them. Amsterdam’s Red Light District is Prostitutesupposed to get a bronze statue dedicated to what else? Prostitutes. Now there is something to be proud of.

According to the Dutch agency ANP, sculptress Els Rijerse made the statue at the request of a former prostitute Mariska Majoor, who a decade ago founded a centre on prostitution in the Dutch capital.

 Majoor was quoted as saying by ANP that the statue would be a first of its kind and that it had received the blessing of the city authorities. (Breitbart)

The statue is reportedly supposed to resemble the following.  I guess it could have been worse. Unbelievable.

Redlight1

The statue represents a self-assured woman, her hands on her hips, looking sideways towards the sky, and standing on a doorstep.  

Posted January 16, 2007 by
Bizarre, Fun, World, WTF | 29 comments


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  • Comments

    29 Responses to “Now this is Something to Glorify … Amsterdam Dedicates Statue to the World’s Prostitutes”

    1. Scared Monkeys on January 16th, 2007 1:08 pm

      am sure JVDS will be at the Premiere.

    2. tuyvnsurvivor on January 16th, 2007 2:33 pm

      Will this be a old dragged through the mud statue…for authenticity sake? Or a no flies deal.

      Will connection of some sort be represented? A crying mother statue on the adjoining street.

      Will it be ‘made in Holland’, or simply signed, ‘Made By Anybody’? A souvenir for all.

    3. dennisintn on January 16th, 2007 2:46 pm

      whatever happened to that suggestion that holland deploy prostitutes with their troops?
      dennisint

      prostitutes don’t deal with jvds. it takes them too long to get over the effects of the drugs he likes to give them.
      dennisintn

    4. Freebrid on January 16th, 2007 4:18 pm

      Was that Anita they used for a model for statue! Looks like one of her shirts!

    5. Maggie on January 16th, 2007 5:19 pm

      Is this their statue of liberty? Sick…

    6. JusticeforNatalee on January 16th, 2007 5:58 pm

      “The statue represents a self-assured woman…”

      A self-assured woman does not become a prostitute.

      A self-assured woman carries a briefcase or stethoscope. How about a statue along those lines?

    7. Big Lou on January 16th, 2007 7:28 pm

      Any man that has to go to a prostitute is a sad, sad man. He can’t get a woman on his own so he has to pay her. What a wimp!

    8. Patti on January 16th, 2007 7:30 pm

      Funny how they always portray a prostitute as a middle-aged hag pretending to be young, wild and free. One that is old enough to know better that truly, enjoys her work; when just the opposite is true.

      They are young, beautiful women, perhaps a little wild, but certainly not seasoned. They think their beauty will be their ticket to the one thing that they rarely are… free.

    9. Leo on January 16th, 2007 7:40 pm

      Years ago I went to Amsterdam on an American Express tour and we were taken on a side-trip to the red-light district. And, I must say it was an eye-opening experience – what with the live women sitting in display windows of the brothels advetersing their “wares.”. We were told that if you decided to partake of their services that in many of these places you could be assaulted and robbed and surpise, surprise the Dutch police wouldn’t do anything to help you get your wallet back. Because the restrictions placed on the police in investigating crimes in the Dutch system makes it virtually impossible for the police to arrest anybody no matter how the strong the evidence.

      Sort of the way the U.S. will be if Hillary-Obama are elected.

    10. IndyDan on January 16th, 2007 8:09 pm

      #3 – dennis: You’re right, JoranVanDerSloot prefers sex with girls that can’t critique him on his performance so he drugs them first and waits till they are passing in and out of consciousness (his words, not mine). The prostitutes in Holland won’t see Taterhead Sloot paying for sex, GHB is much cheaper more efficient way to go for this PIMP.

    11. IndyDan on January 16th, 2007 8:12 pm

      Whoa, we can now cut/paste, when did that happen?

    12. Patti on January 16th, 2007 10:37 pm

      Amsterdam’s red-light district facing crime clean-up

      Jan 12 2:26 AM US/Eastern

      Amsterdam has launched a crackdown on “crime” kingpins in the city’s Red Light District that threatens to leave hundreds of sex workers out of a job, and has solicited help from a slightly bemused sector – Dutch banks.

      The city authorities have no quarrel with prostitution, which was legalized in 2001 in this country that has historically prided itself on tolerance.

      And they have no desire to shut down what is also a thriving tourist district and a “must” on the itinerary of one-third of all visitors to this city of canals, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

      “This is a frontal attack” aimed at cutting ties between prostitution and the underworld that uses the sex industry for laundering money, Mayor Job Cohen said in comments to the Het Parool newspaper.

      “One third of the businesses have been scrutinized, the other two-thirds will follow,” Hendrik Wooldirk, a spokesman for Cohen, told AFP.

      The banks’ part, in the eyes of city officials, would be to finance “honest entrepreneurs” to keep the sex business transparent and break the stranglehold a handful of powerful bosses now have on the district.

      “The banks are not really chomping at the bit to finance sex businesses,” said a spokesman for the Dutch association of banks (VNB), Hein Blocks.

      “Just because prostitution is legal now does not mean it is a respectable field.”

      Undaunted, Mayor Cohen is urging banks to step up and approve loans for “honest” businessmen and women who want to set up their own brothels but now have no alternative but to borrow money from the district kingpins.

      So far, only one-third of the companies investigated have been deemed above-board and allowed to keep their operating licenses. The other two-thirds, or some 33 sex businesses that represent 20 percent of the total in all of Amsterdam, lost theirs.

      This last group runs about half of the estimated 200 storefront windows where prostitutes ply their trade – and draw curious onlookers to the red-light district.

      Many of the sex clubs have filed appeals. They remain in business pending the court rulings, expected in February. If the municipality wins, they will be shut down permanently.

      For more than a century, Amsterdam’s sex trade has centered on this district near the city’s center and known locally as De Wallen, after the ancient city ramparts that once stood there.

      Its picturesque canals lined by quaint 17th-century houses vie for attention with peep-shows, sex shops and the ubiquitous store-front rooms where sex workers in skimpy lingerie sit behind red neon-lit windows offer their services.

      The district is so famous it has its own listing on the city’s official tourism website.

      Not everyone supports the crackdown, notably the prostitutes’ union The Red Thread.

      “Some 200 jobs are threatened,” a Red Thread spokeswoman, Metje Blaak, told AFP.

      She believes the crime bosses will simply circumvent city efforts by moving from the red-light district to another area to continue illegal practices.

      “The situation will not get better for the women,” Blaak said.

      One of the big bosses targeted by the drive is Charles Geerts, a former market stall holder who got his start selling porn movies and made a multi-million-euro (-dollar) fortune by investing in real estate and financing other sex businesses.

      Nicknamed “King of De Wallen”, he is said to be the district’s unofficial – and uncompromising – banker.

      The financial daily Financieele Dagblad recently gave a hint at his wealth, saying he sold off one-fifth of his prostitution empire for 3.5 million euros (4.5 million dollars).

      The municipality has targeted all his businesses in De Wallen. Though few details have emerged, Geerts’ lawyer told Dutch media the municipality suspects his client of trying to launder money he allegedly made in the drug trade.

      If Geerts’ appeal fails, he has threatened to close down all his windows and turn the Red Light District into a ghost town haunted by illegal prostitution, conducted outside state-certified establishments, and drug trafficking – a scenario that would likely drive away the tourists and turn De Wallen into a no-go area overrun by dealers and street walkers trying to finance their habit.

      The city’s crackdown relies on a Dutch law that allows officials to withdraw a license to operate a commercial establishment if the owner is suspected of criminal activities. The key is the burden of proof – it falls entirely on businesses to show all transactions were 100 percent legal.

      Though banks are not exactly eager to join the clean-up, Blocks said they have promised to keep an open mind. If the drive succeeds, it’s the banks after all that would get the business from “honest” investors in the lucrative sex trade.

      At Amsterdam city hall they are not giving up.

      “Prostitution is legal. We are convinced that the sex business and transparency go well together. It’s difficult but it’s possible,” said Wooldrik.

      “The proof is that one-third of the businesses scrutinized were still allowed to keep their licences.”

    13. Patti on January 16th, 2007 11:23 pm

      Frank:

      I loved your post… more people need to be aware of the shinanigans that go on in Holland. Imagine, a license to sell a soul…

      I suppose that it is every man’s right to do whatever he wants as long as it’s within the boundries of the law. But in the case of Holland, the law is too broad.

      We all ask Holland, how it is that they can do this to their own people and, soon, the answer comes… they don’t. They do it to the ones from Russia, they do it to the ones from Columbia, but rarely, to their own.

      How, may I ask, is the value of one man’s flesh worth more than another? If one is born into a country who’s government is corrupt, heartless and cruel; does that give another the right to capitalize on their misfortune? Is the blood of a Dutchman more precious than the blood of a Jew, or a Russian, or a Columbian? And how do you come by so much flesh to sell?

      You sell them a dream… a promise that you never intend to keep. With the hope of a future, a job and freedom, you welcome them in to your city of filth. You prey upon their hopes and you give them a job while you keep them trapped in your dungeons for the world to see. They smile for you while their hearts are breaking, praying for the one thing that you can never give them… their freedom.

      Holland, you are a disgrace. You have become, to the world, a resting place for the restless. The ones that stay up all night breading their violence into the minds of the innocent.

      You will fall and when you do, no one will be there to catch you; for you have come to be more dispicable than any “wall” could ever be.

      You call us to your pastures. You could drown in our tears. We will cry til the whole world hears and you will never silence the dead… ever again.

      We hate you.

      Comment by Patti | January 13, 2007, 9:20 pm

    14. Rumba Aruba on January 17th, 2007 9:59 am

      I love Holland and Aruba…. ;-)

    15. SUPER DAVE on January 17th, 2007 11:35 am

      #14: is this a statue of you ?

    16. Scared Monkeys on January 17th, 2007 3:14 pm

      The statue represents a self-assured woman, her hands on her hips, looking sideways towards the sky, and standing on a doorstep.

      Talk about trying to glorify a profession that has lead to the exploitation and deaths of so many woman. Wonder why they will not portray the statue as being a drug addicted crack whore? I guess that would not be the right image to out forth of a prostitute.

      Geeze … Holland … Pretty Woman is a movie, not reality.

      R

    17. nychic on January 17th, 2007 7:01 pm

      I suppose the only bright side is that the prostitutes in Amsterdam are in the profession by choice -

      Unlike some other countries where women are forced to work in the brothels and are exposed to disease and live in the most horrible conditions imaginable – sometimes being paid only 25 Cents a day and forced to have sex up to 20-30 times a day – and of course beaten if they refuse – Oprah has covered this topic many times and I feel like it is one of the saddest things happening in the world -

      Quote:
      “If you are a woman born in America – You are already one of the luckiest women in the world”

      ——-

      Indy -

      Yes – The cut & paste is very exciting – Thank you SM
      I can also search the site again !!!

    18. Patti on January 17th, 2007 7:43 pm

      Voluntary Prostitution?????

      I don’t think so:

      http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Netherlands-2.htm

      Check this out!

    19. nychic on January 17th, 2007 11:22 pm

      Patti -

      Thanks for that great article !

      I Especially Loved This Part:

      “In 2005, allegations of corruption were made against Aruban and Antillean authorities in both immigration and issuance of work permits. The Antilles government, however, aggressively prosecuted general corruption. In 2005, the Netherlands and Aruba signed a protocol to restrict the admission of women traveling to work as dancers, after allegations emerged that over 400 women in prostitution were issued work permits by the Aruba government illegally. Officials conducted some awareness-raising about trafficking during the reporting period. Visa controls were reportedly tightened in 2005.”

      now, which permits did Paulus issue/approve ???

    20. IndyDan on January 18th, 2007 3:55 pm

      nychic #17: It’s gone, I should have kept my mouth shut.

    21. Patti on January 18th, 2007 5:38 pm

      New York Chick:

      I don’t remember ever saying that Paulus was involved with issueing or approving any permits… but, don’t you think that it’s funny that the visa controls were tightened in 2005… the same year as Natalee’s disappearance?

      Everyone’s eyes are watching you!

      Boycott Aruba

    22. Patti on January 18th, 2007 6:16 pm

      This reminds me of something that I read the other day:

      Holland (The Netherlands) is in the process of revamping its’ laws. The proposals are as follows:

      1) Teach Sex Education to Children in Grade School

      2) Lower the Age of Consentual Sex

      3) Legalize Sex with Animals

      (and, as if that wasn’t bad enough)

      4) Enact Animal Rights Legislation

      WHAT THE ?!?!?!?!

      It was on that State Department website that I told you about…

      Huh?????

      Yep, Right, there in black and white.

      Surprising what you can find amongst the travel advisories.

      Boycott Aruba, and then……….

      Holland: How is that investigation going? Is it possible for us monkey-types to expect a country that supports child pornography to give a ?!?!?!~~?

      Boycott Aruba, or ????

      Comment by Patti | January 7, 2007, 3:37 pm

    23. nychic on January 19th, 2007 12:12 am

      Patti -

      You Never Said That – I Did -

      Prior To Sweaty Man Sloot Attempting To Become A Judge He Worked In A Government Job – Where One Of His Tasks Was The Approval of Certain Govt Permits -

      —–

      Indy – I Can Still Cut & Paste ? What Is Even Better Is I Can Search The SM Site –
      Making It Ever So Much Easier To Post Correct Past Info

    24. Patti on January 19th, 2007 11:04 am

      New York Chick:

      I don’t understand… What’s your point? Are you looking
      to receive a literary award for your post, or are you one
      of those people that prey on newspaper bloggers. I’m not
      sure what all this attention, that you’re giving me, is
      leading to; and, to be frank with you, I don’t give a hoot.
      If you like you can post it again, and again. Why do you
      think that I should be concerned? This isn’t a contest.

    25. Patti on January 19th, 2007 9:30 pm

      According to New York Chick:

      Prior To Sweaty Man Sloot Attempting To Become A Judge He Worked In A Government Job – Where One Of His Tasks Was The Approval of Certain Govt Permits -

      There you go, I posted it for you.

    26. nychic on January 19th, 2007 11:37 pm

      Patti -

      Pay Attention This Time:

      According To The Article Illegal Permits Were Issued To Prostitutes -

      Paulus Govt Job Was To Issue Govt Permits

      It Has Been Suggested In The Past That Paulus and Van der Stratten had been reprimanded by the Govt of Aruba and that certain people “owed Paulus a favor” – you do the math

      I did not realize that I had given you any “attention” maybe that was all in your mind ?

      If you would like to give me an award – I will gladly accept it -

      (Otherwise – try to restrain yourself from the drinky drinky while posting)

    27. Patti on January 20th, 2007 1:45 pm

      We are both saying the same thing.

      I think that this is why there were so many that participated in the cover-up. I think that they
      all know about these permits and were afraid that
      their information might be exposed… so they were
      all at the mercy of one sick bastard and his
      psychotic son.

      The statements made by Paulus and Joran were threats:

      I’m gonna tell the whole story, at the right time, alot
      of people are going to get hurt, etc. Threats by
      Paulus and Company to reveal the truth about all those
      permits, and more than likely fake visa’s… we all
      know what they would be used for.

      I’m glad that we agree. I’m sorry for acting stupid.
      I’m just here to help. I don’t want to get into any
      battles with anyone.

      Do you think that the Dutch are going to do anything
      about the corruption in Aruba?

    28. super dave on January 21st, 2007 11:34 am

      evidently sex with animals has already been legalized. seems that country is full of them. just looking at the suspect and his “father”, there had to be some animal sex going on there!

    29. nychic on January 22nd, 2007 1:09 am

      Patti -

      It Is Not A Matter of “IF” The Dutch Will Do Anything

      The Real Issue Is “CAN” The Dutch Do Anything After So
      Much Time Has Passed ? Where Has The Evidence Gone ?

      The First 10 Days Were Crucial To The Case As Far As
      The Collection of Evidence –

      The Aruban Govt. Was So Concerned With Tourism – It Seems They Made Some Very Bad Decisions That Are Impossible To
      Reverse At This Point ?

      No Need For Apologies – If I Were Easily Offended I Probably Would Not Be Here Posting –

      Besides – Klaas Will Let Me Or Anyone Else Know If They
      Are Out of Line !

      So – Unless You Are Red Posting As Patti — I Think We Are In The Clear !

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