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Philippines GoGo Bar
Puerto Galera
By Ralf Falbe
06 Jun 2016

Young women working in a GoGo Bar, Puerto Galera, Philippines.

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Sex Tourism: The Philippines' "Superm...
Angeles City, Philippines
By David Tacon
27 Apr 2015

Known as the ‘supermarket of sex’, Angeles City’s Fields Avenue red light strip in the Philippines originally arose to service the former Clark US Air Force Base in the Philippines. Today solo male travelers, mainly from all over Asia (but mainly South Korea), Australia, United States, Europe and the Middle East constitute the bulk of arrivals at Clark Airport, the former military airport. Men flock to Fields Avenue bars and nightclubs filled with young women from impoverished rural areas – women with little education and few prospects. For around US$70 the men pay a bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to take a young woman back to their hotel. The women keep a third of this fee. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

The booming industry in sex tourism in the Philippines since the closure of Clark Air Force Base has left behind a generation of children, many of whom have never known and will never know their fathers.

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Syrians Scrape a Living in Jordan (1 ...
Jarash
By Camilla Schick
12 Mar 2015

As Syria’s civil war enters its fifth year, nine million people have been displaced, with 3.7 million of those having fled the country. Millions of Syrian refugees are scraping by in neighboring countries.

Jordan has registered 600,000 refugees – constituting almost 10% of the Hashemite Kingdom’s total population of 6.6 million, though the actual number may be much higher. One fifth now live in refugee camps, including Za'atari camp, the second largest in the world. It's illegal for them to leave Jordan's now overcrowded and increasingly insecure refugee camps, but many are now making the leap to urban areas, seeking work and a better life. Some Syrian families who fled to Jordan at the start of the war are fairing better than others who've arrived more recently. But they’re still struggling to survive beyond the camps, without enough allowance from the UN nor local charities to pay for food and medical care, or taking their chances with working illegally.

Despite not being legally entitled to work, many have taken up jobs at local shops at the discretion of Jordanian employers, while others are too afraid to leave their homes and are surviving on as little as 13 dinars ($18) per person per month from the UN.

UN REPORT
A recent UNHCR urban report, entitled ‘Living in the Shadows’ in January this year, based on 150,000 Syrian refugees living outside of Jordan’s camps, concluded that two thirds of the refugees now in urban areas are living below Jordan’s poverty line. 1/6 are living in abject poverty barely surviving off the equivalent of 1.3 dollars per person per day. The UN has expressed grave concern that refugees are now turning desperate measures to make ends meet, with children dropping out of school and even women turning to prostitution.

STORY:
This is the ancient Jordanian city of Jerash, 50 kilometres north of the capital Amman. It’s now home to approximately 8,000 Syrian refugee families / 50,000 refugees.

34-year-old Ali and his younger brother Mohammed work shifts at a local coffee and tea shop. Living as refugees has put a huge strain on Ali's marriage, and he is now separated from his wife, and rarely gets to see his young son. He says they used to live in Al Midan, an affluent Sunni suburb of Syria’s capital Damascus. But when fighting between the Assad government forces and Syrian rebels began in their neighborhood, the family took the heart-wrenching decision to prepare to leave the country. Being the eldest, Ali headed to Jordan first to set things up for the rest of the family. Mohammed and his parents followed after.

The brothers live with their mother Yusra, who warmly invites us into their two-bedroom one-floor home. Yusra was recently widowed. Their father died of health complications shortly after joining them in Jordan. They know how terrible the living conditions are for those now living in Jordan’s over-crowded refugee camps. They tell us they consider themselves among the luckier refugees, who arrived in Jordan almost four years ago at the start of the conflict, having found work and a place to live.

Jordanian shop owner Khaled says he hired the brothers not only because Syrians will work for a lower wage, but also because he wants to help the refugees who are desperately seeking work. He says the Jordanian authorities are fairly lax when it comes to illegal refugee workers. He says all Arabs are brothers, and need to help Syrians until its safe enough for them to return home.

NOTES
We chose to focus the interview on the elder brother – Ali
Their mother, Yusra, did not want us to film her face

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A Contemporary Hell: Life Inside a Ba...
Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Miguel Candela
07 Mar 2015

Prostitution in Bangladesh has been legal since the year 2000. However, as Bangladesh is a conservative Muslim country, prostitution carries negative social stigmas. Despite this, severe poverty and economic stagnation have forced women previously employed in other sectors to become prostitutes. Furthermore, many sex workers are underage and child prostitution is rife. Female sex workers are often abused and and always underpaid, earning as little as $0.50 per customer.

However, there is growing awareness among sex workers and they have started to organize themselves in unions. One organization of sex workers is called the “Prostitute Association of Faridfur,” founded in Faridpur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. These associations were formed to establish a “union” among sex workers and protect them from abuse. Despite the face of a unified force in having associations to represent these sex workers, radical Islamic conservatives have openly condemned these women. In 2010, these radicals burned a brothel to the ground. That incident injured two women and left all of the other tenants homeless. 

These photos offer intimate portraits of women who's daily lives consist of abuse and exploitation as they struggle to survive on the fringes of one of the poortest societies on earth. 

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Robert, 18 months, and his mother, Mylene, 37, at their home in Balibago. Mylene used to recruit girls from Manila for work in Angles City red light district and met Robert's father a US citizen while at Owl's Nest, a go go bar in Fields Avenue. After a 20 month relationship with the 55 year old three-time divorcess who lives in the Philippines on a tourist visa, he left Mylene for another woman. Although the father signed Robert's birth certificate his new girlfriend convinced him not to get his son a US passport. He sends money to Mylene and his son occasionally.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Robert, 18 months, and his mother, Mylene, 37, at their home in Balibago. Mylene used to recruit girls from Manila for work in Angles City red light district and met Robert's father a US citizen while at Owl's Nest, a go go bar in Fields Avenue. After a 20 month relationship with the 55 year old three-time divorcess who lives in the Philippines on a tourist visa, he left Mylene for another woman. Although the father signed Robert's birth certificate his new girlfriend convinced him not to get his son a US passport. He sends money to Mylene and his son occasionally.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Azumi, 2 years old, and her mother Angelica, 25, at accommodation provided to them by Renew, a charity that helps Filipina women leave the sex trade. Azumi's mother claims her father is a German named Ralf, 50, who is the owner of Camelot bar on the Fields Avenue red light strip. Ralf has been confronted by both Azumi's father and a represntative from Renew, but he denies that Azumi is his daugher and also refuses to take a paternity test. Angelica is now in her second year of a college degree.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
25 Feb 2015

February 25, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Azumi, 2 years old, and her mother Angelica, 25, at accommodation provided to them by Renew, a charity that helps Filipina women leave the sex trade. Azumi's mother claims her father is a German named Ralf, 50, who is the owner of Camelot bar on the Fields Avenue red light strip. Ralf has been confronted by both Azumi's father and a represntative from Renew, but he denies that Azumi is his daugher and also refuses to take a paternity test. Angelica is now in her second year of a college degree.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Peter, 8, and his mother Grace, 35, with a picture of Peter's Australian father, Max, Peter and the child of a family friend taken during one of Max's visits to the Philippines. Grace met Max when she was 24 and he was 78, while she was working in a bar in Angeles City's red light district. Unlike many children of sex tourists' Peter's father signed the boy's birth certificate, helped him obtain an Australian passport and bought them the house in which they live. Grace and Peter have not heard or received financial support from Peter's father in four months. Grace hopes to obtain welfare payments from the Australian government.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Peter 8, at a small restaurant near his home in Balibago. His mother Grace met Peter's Australian father when she was 24 and he was 78, while she was working in a bar in Angeles City's red light district. Unlike many children of sex tourists' Peter's father signed the boy's birth certificate, helped him obtain an Australian passport and bought them the house in which they live. Grace and Peter have not heard or received financial support from Peter's father in four months. Grace hopes to obtain welfare payments from the Australian government.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Peter 8, and some of his classmates outside the Learn Yearn Nurture School for Young near his home in Balibago. Four of the 50 students at this private primary school have Australian fathers.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 7, (right) sits in her family's home in the Hadrian 3 slum as her grandfather washes vegetables. Francine whose father is Australian lives with, her mother, her five half siblings, her aunt and her two children and her grandfather in their 70 sq metre home. Francine has never met her father who ceased contact with her mother shortly after she informed him that she was pregnant. Her father met her mother while she was working at a bar on the Fields Ave red light strip.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R):- Francine, 7, her mother Susan, 35 and her son 19 month old son James in their home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Francine has never met her father who ceased contact with her mother shortly after she informed him that she was pregnant. Her father met her mother while she was working at a bar on the Fields Ave red light strip. Susan receives money from her Filipino boyfriend, the father of James, sent from Saudi Arabia where he works in construction.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 7, whose father is an Australian, with her 19 month old half brother James. Francine's father had a one night stand with her mother while she was working at Blue Nile go go bar in the Fields Avenue red light strip. Francine has never met her father and her mother has no contact with him.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 7, whose father is an Australian sits in her home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Francine has never met her father, a sex tourist with whom her mother has no contact.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Tristan, 3, (second from right) his mother Jennifer 32, Tristan's half sister Fiona, 7 (second from left and a cousin (left) look at a picture of Tristan's Australian father, which his mother saved from his Facebook account. Jennifer met Tristan's father, Jason, an Australian now living in America while she was working at Dolls House go go bar on the Fields Ave red light strip and visited Tristan when he was one month old. Tristan and his family live next to a garbage dump in the Hadrian 3 slum and receive occasional fanancial and material suport from Jason, a manager at Ikea in California and his parents.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - (L-R): Fiona, 7, Tristan, 5, and their mother Jennifer 32, at their home in the Hardian 3 slum. Jennifer met Tristan's father, Jason, an Australian now living in America while she was working at Dolls House go go bar on the Fields Ave red light strip and visited Tristan when he was one month old. Tristan receives occasional financial and material support from Jason, a manager at Ikea in California and his grandparents.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - , Nelcy, 30, Renz, 8, (left) whose father is believed to be Norwegian and his mother Nelcy, 30 (second from left) with his two half brothers at their home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Nelcy says Renz's father, Frank, who is in his 60s and lives in the Philppines with his Filipina wife was a regular at the Dirty Dog go go bar where she used to work. After she became pregnant, she was unable to contact Frank. When she saw him on the street after her child was born and she approached him, he refused to believe he was father to her child. "Sometimes he's bullied by others kids because he's different", says Nelcy, "but he always fights back."

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
24 Feb 2015

February 24, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Francine, 35, (top left) and at their home in the Hadrian 3 slum. Francine, 7, (right) has never met her father who ceased contact with her mother shortly after she informed him that she was pregnant. Her father met her mother while she was working at a bar on the Fields Ave red light strip. Susan receives money from her Filipino boyfriend, the father of James, sent from Saudi Arabia where he works in construction.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Bar workers in bikinis stand on a podium at 'Crystal Palace' go-go bar on Fields Avenue. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base, which closed in 1991, is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. At bars such as this one on the Fields Ave 'Walking Stret, bar workers earn one third of the approx $70 bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to go home with a customer. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Bar workers in bikinis stand on a podium at 'Sea Star' go-go bar on Fields Avenue. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. At bars such as this one on the Fields Ave 'Walking Street,' bar workers earn one third of the approximately $70 bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to go home with a customer. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Traffic is slow on a Monday evening on the Fields Avenue 'Walking Street'. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. Most visitors fly in for the weekend.

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Sex tourists' children in Angeles Cit...
Angeles City
By David Tacon
23 Feb 2015

February 23, 2015, Angeles City, Philippines - Pole dancers peform at 'Dolls House' go-go bar, one of the largest estabishments on Fields Avenue. This red light strip, that originally arose to service the Clark US Airforce Base is a centre for international sex tourism. The bar workers, who are from impoverished rural areas, earn money by customers buying 'lady drinks' or providing sex to customers who are mainly from South Korea, Australia and the US. At bars such as this one on the Fields Ave 'Walking Stret, bar workers earn one third of the approx $70 bar fine (locally known as an Early Work Release) to go home with a customer. Prices are considerably lower away from the main bar strip.

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santa clara, cuba
By Conteur d'images
03 Oct 2014

Certain artists, such as Juan and Lorenzo of the dancing quartet “The Dream Boys”, portray feminine characters without having started hormonal treatments. They consider themselves to be primarily “transformists”, though some of them will one day become transsexuals.

Juan et Lorenzo, membres du quatuor de danseurs homosexuels The Dream Boys, sont considérés comme des transformistes, étant donné qu’ils interprètent des rôles féminins. Originaires de La Havane, ils se rendent tous les hivers à Santa Clara pour donner des représentations. Contrairement aux artistes transsexuels, ils ne souhaitent pas changer de sexe et n’arborent pas de vêtements féminins en dehors de la scène.

Ciertos artistas, como Juan y Lorenzo del cuarteto de bailarines gays “The Dream Boys”, interpretan personajes femeninos pero todavía no toman tratamiento hormonal. Se consideran ante todo como transformistas, antes de convertirse, para ciertos, en transexuales.

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Farah: A Syrian Prostitute in Lebanon
Beirut
By ashgallagher
23 Jul 2014

June 2014
Hazmieh, Beirut, Lebanon

Farah is young Syrian refugee woman in Lebanon who has turned to prostitution to survive. With her father too sick to work and her brother chronically injured by a bomb in Damascus, she is the last person in her family able to make ends meet.

Currently, Syrian refugees make up 1/3 of Lebanon's population. With little to no support infrastructure in place, many refugees are forced to take desperate measures to make ends meet. Among some of the last ditch options is prostitution. According to Lebanese authorities, %73 of prostitutes in Lebanon are Syrian. Prostitutes either work on the streets, or, like Farah, they work in so called "Super Night Clubs", which are brothels masquerading as night clubs.

TRANSCRIPT FOR NATSOT PKG:

OPENING SHOTS - BEAUTY SHOT OVER HAZMIEH,
STREET SCENE
CONSTRUCTION AREA

DIP TO BLACK

OPEN SOT / LIPS ONCAM. My name is Farah, I am from Syria.

VO OF FARAH/WALKING - OVERLAP TO ONCAM,
- FARAH (FONT: SYRIAN PROSTITUTE) : I tried to work in a normal shop, but I found this is the best way to meet my expenses.

VO OF NIGHT LIFE / HAZMIEH, JOUNYEIH SCENES
BUTT TO - I wake up around 11 and take a shower. I only get 2 hours a day to myself when I start moving and I go where I'm to be working and the customers start coming, some you know, some you don't, it's night life.

VO/NATSOUND OF UNDERCOVER CLUB -
FIXER / SOT: Where are all the hot girls?
BOUNCER: if you want hot girls, go downstairs
VO FOLLOWS DOWN STAIRS W/ CREEPY MUSIC.

DIP TO BLACK

VO OPEN/SHOW HASSAN, VO, AT THE BAR, INTRO:
--HASSAN SOT (FONT: SUPER NIGHT CLUB MANAGER) - They go up to the dance floor and the customers can see them and pick out which one they want to take for the night. BUTT TO / Syrians are out on the streets, in places that are illegal, Hazmieh, everywhere, in Lebanon, they are affecting the businesses, they don't have a place to rent or anything, We're not giving them what they deserve. BUTT TO/ If they didn't need the money, they would come here.

BREATHE VO OF THE SUPER NIGHT CLUB WALK THROUGH, WITH A GIRL CHATTING 3-4 SECONDS

[[VO - LET BREATH/SCENES, CLOSE UPS OF HER FIGURE, NIGHT LIFE VO]] SOT: Farah: Maybe they will let me leave, at the same time, maybe later, they will threaten me or do something [violent] to me

butt to SOT FARAH: It is very hard, I don't even like this.
BUTT TO - It will affect me a lot because in this society, wether Lebanese or Syrian, it affects the girl
BUTT TO -
If someone met me and he knows, what they would say about me, they wouldn't take me.

VO/NATS OF OFFICER JOSEPH MOUSALIM / ONCAM / DISPERSE WORKING VO / ON CAM / DAYSIDE ST. SCENES
SOT: Officer Joseph. Mousalim - FONT: Public relations Internal security forces.
Mostly the super night clubs are for foreigners even if there is a few Syrians there, but for the Syrian women, there is either the man comes to their homes or they are referred to someone by the man.
(butt to) SOT: OJM - In terms for human trafficking 73% of the total arrested are Syrians.

[VO OF FARAH / ON CAM, THEN VO OF HER DOING OTHER THINGS, SMOKING WALKING,]] SOT: FARAH, . : In the last year, many things have changed in my life esp when my brother lost his hand and no hospital would accept him, my father got sick, that's what I do these things, especially when my brother had to have surgery and a ligament transplant. (butt to) I have to take responsibility because I am the eldest, my brother are too young and I cannot make them go to work, they still go to school, that's why

DIP TO BLACK/DISSOLVE.

[ON CAM/MOUTH TALKING]] SOT: FARAH: I blame no one, but I wish I was born a boy, so there would be someone older than me to take responsibility. VO OUT OF FARAH WALKING, FADE OUT

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Prostitutes in Brazil Demand More Rights
Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Giuseppe Bizzarri
16 Jun 2014
  • OUT ITALY, BRAZIL AND SWITZERLAND The Brazilian prostitutes frequently give presents to exu, the afro-Brazilian divinity, to have money, safeness and maybe love. Exu is the guardian of axe, the energy that moves anything in the life’s aspects, included the riots of the Niteroi’s prostitutes. The atmosphere is tense for the “garotas de programa”, the prostitutes working independently and not in brothels disguised as saunas and nightclubs in Brazil. In Niteroi, a tourist town on the shore of Guanabara Bay, just opposite the Rio de Janeiro’s side, the prostitutes have demonstrated repeatedly in the street against the PM (Military Police) action that have dislodged by force and illegally about two hundred prostitutes from the Caixa’s brothel, where the women live and work. Despite the “Garotas” rent their apartments, they are actually prevented from working in the famous brothel self-administrated in the Avenida Amaral Peixoto in the centre of Niteroi. Prostitution is not a crime in Brazil, it has been a legalized profession since 2000. Prostitution is legalized by the Brazilian state, but prostitution houses aren't. The houses might be illegal, but aren't unusual in Brazil. Most of them are full of corruption and sexual exploitation. Taking advantage of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games that will be hosted by Brazil, the federal deputy Jean Wyllys presented the Grabriela Leite project of law in Brasilia. A project that aims to regulate the prostitutes' profession and rights. - OUT ITALY, BRAZIL AND SWITZERLAND -
    http://giuseppebizzarri.com/
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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
21 Apr 2014

Jan Broers owns two window brothels and a hotel. He does not trust the city council, nor their motives. 'I don't believe there is forced prostitution. I mean, there is, but not here in the Red Light District. Girls who rent my windows buy houses back in Romania, they buy cars here. One even started up a recycling business for her mother back home. They're just here to get rich quick'.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
21 Apr 2014

Jan Broers looks at his maps with hygiene rules, intake forms, rental contracts and regulations, fire prevention documents, etc. 'Renting a room to a girl for a night is not feasible anymore. There are so many forms that need to be filled out and signed that it takes hours.'

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
21 Apr 2014

Jan Broers shows a brochure entitled 'prostitution and exploitation', that the girls who rent his windows need to read. 'If forced prostitution exists, the closing of hundreds of legal windows will only encourage it", he says.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
21 Apr 2014

The manager of a window brothel, by law, has to make sure the prostitutes understand dozens of pages of rules and regulations, which go as far as explaining how to shave a customers' genital area.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
17 Apr 2014

Marcel Kaatee sitting in one of his two closed casinos. The new Bibob law committee (Judgement of Integrity by Public Administration) concluded that he was a potential criminal after finding he had borrowed criminal money from a -back then respected- real estate trader. The Bibob law allows public administration to deny permits to people that cannot be convicted by conventional law. 'I did not commit any crime. I have never been convicted, but any attempt at starting a new business, even something as innocent as a jazz festival, is being obstructed by the council', says Kaatee, who is also a jazz musician. 'Being judged a potential criminal is like being a leper'.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
16 Apr 2014

Mariska Majoor talks to a neighbor in front of her Prostitution Information Centre. She believes that the closing of window brothels will force prostitutes to work in underground networks, where they will be more easily subjected to exploitation and even slavery.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
14 Apr 2014

Jan Otten owns 4 sex theaters and a sex museum in the Red Light District. After years of legal battle, the city council has not been able to prove he was involved in crime. Hundreds of people protested in a march against the attempted closure of his theaters. 'I can tell you one thing: When people come to Amsterdam, it's not for the Rijksmuseum", he says, while talking about the government's clean up project. The Rijksmuseum is a government owned art and history museum.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
12 Apr 2014

Tourists from the United Kingdom came to Amsterdam for their friend Craig's bachelor party. Stag parties are a typical example of belligerent and obnoxious tourism the city council hopes to avoid by refusing to give license to businesses they call "criminogenic". The term criminogenic (producing or tending to produce crime) has sparked controversy, as people who were refused licenses felt they were labeled as criminals. Since April 2014, the city council stopped labeling businesses or people "criminogenic". 'This does not change the policy or the project', says Gijs Goosen, a city official in charge of the Red Light District's transformation project.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
12 Apr 2014

Mata Hari is a new restaurant that opened into what used to be an illegal gambling den. The former club was bought by the city council in a big real estate transaction that involved about 20 other buildings. The restaurant attracts a different crowd from most places in the Red Light District. "As a city council we want the type of people who visit Amsterdam for the museums to also feel at home in the Red Light District", says Gijs Goosen, a city official in charge of the Red Light District's transformation project.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
09 Apr 2014

Simon sits in front of the computer and keeps track of the online advertisements published by the prostitutes who rent rooms at his secret venue located outside the city centre. Some of these prostitutes used to work at legal venues the Netherlands, but felt they were forced to move to illicit businesses after their legal windows was closed.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The Battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
09 Apr 2014

Chrystal prepares her room for her next customer. She says she would not want to work behind a legal window because the rental prices are too high. People fear that closing many of the Red Light District's windows will force prostitutes to work in underground networks, where they could be subjected to exploitation and even slavery. Gijs Goosen, a city official in charge of the 1012 Project disagree. 'I believe the pimps will leave the Netherlands to work elsewhere in Europe'.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
09 Apr 2014

Chrystal counted her money after a day of work. Prostitutes working in illegal spaces say it is easy to find customers on the Internet. Critics of the '1012 Project' fear the that closing legal windows will drives prostitution into underground prostitution networks. Gijs Goosen, a city official in charge of the 1012 Project disagree. 'I believe the pimps will leave the Netherlands to work elsewhere in Europe'.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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The battle for the Red Light District
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
03 Apr 2014

The window brothels in a narrow alleyway called Bethlehemsteeg in Amsterdan are supposed to be replaced by mainstream businesses to attract a higher class of tourists to the Red Light District. According to 'Project 1012' manager Gijs Goosen, closing windows will also battle forced prostitution. According to the government, 8% to 90% of prostitutes are forced into prostitution. Mariska Majoor is a former prostitute and the spokesperson of prostitutes working in the Red Light District. She thinks this number is ridiculous and not based on anything.

Project 1012 is named after the postal code of the Red Light District. It aims to clean-up the Red-Light District and stopping the influence of organized crime in the area. It also plans the closure of hundreds of window brothels and cannabis coffeeshops by 2015. This project is is the city’s response to reports documenting human trafficking and the growing influence of organized crime in downtown Amsterdam.

With this project, the city plans to close all businesses unable to prove they are not criminal organizations. Property owners refusing to leave will be expropriated and their properties will be bought by the city to be replaces with boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. So far, 109 window brothels have been closed and about 100 more are awaiting for closure. Brothels and shop owners are fighting back in court.

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New Orleans Sex Industry 6
New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. NOPD is arresting a sex worker accused of hustling pedestrian in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.