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Publications of Sietske Altink in English

Publications of Sietske Altink in English

  The most recent: On 27th of April 2017 the following book was published by Policy Press in Bristol: Designing Prostitution Policy: Intention and Reality in Regulation the Sex Trade, by Wagenaar, H., Amesberger, H. and Altink, S. Download the link to google...

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A short history of sex workers’ movements

A short history of sex workers’ movements

The protests of sex workers against unfair regulations in the past is unfortunately badly documented. But we know that for example in France from roughly 1300 onwards unofficial ‘queens of the debauched’ (reines des ribauds) sort of organized protests against the...

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Gentrification in the Amsterdam Red Light District

Gentrification in the Amsterdam Red Light District

On 5 februari 2015 the mayor of Amsterdam announced that the municipality would try to find a way for sex workers to exploit some of the window brothels. At this stage it is not quite clear how this will be financed. As prices of the real estate where the windows are...

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Scholars and sex workers join forces

Scholars and sex workers join forces

Proud - letter Tweede Kamer - English On November 27, 2014 the Dutch Lower House accepted a resolution that was put forward by two small Christian fundamentalist parties, to allocate several hundred thousand Euros for a study into the relation of the legalisation of...

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Glossies of The Red Thread in English

Glossies of The Red Thread in English

The Red Thread had several glossies published. Two of them were in English. The first was published in 2010, the second in 2012. They contain mostly articles by sex workers themselves. Download: S Work : 2010. Download: S Work: 2011.

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Documentaries by Eveline van Dijck, English subtitled.

Documentaries by Eveline van Dijck, English subtitled.

Eveline van Dijck made two documentaries voor HUMAN, the broadcasting company for humanists. Sex worker Josje answers questions by school pupils. Click here. (English subtitled) The English version: click here And: Strong Women, interviews with victims of human...

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Reading matter

Reading matter

In this post you'll find links to interesting reading matter. On January 26 2014 Hendrik Wagenaar sent another link: (click here) It is remarkable that a quality paper like The Guardian has such a narrow, populist and incorrect view on Dutch law on prostitution. In...

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Australia, prostitution reformed

Australia, prostitution reformed

'Over there, next to the Opera House, our first colleagues came ashore' so told me an Australian sex worker during a rally to celebrate International Sex Workers' Day in Sydney. 'It is true, prostitution was not a crime you could get deported to Australia for, but...

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State of affairs in the Netherlands: 2012

State of affairs in the Netherlands: 2012

Where does prostitution take place. Windowprostitution Windowprostitution. This usually takes place in designated areas where the windows are on a public road. Sometimes the windows are situated around a courtyard. Two of the participating cities had large window...

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International Comparitive Study of Prostitution Policy

International Comparitive Study of Prostitution Policy

Click  hier to download the report Comment on the „Final Report of the International Comparative Study of Prostitution Policy: Austria and the Netherlands, by Hendrik Wagenaar, Sietske Altink and Helga Amesberger Birgit Sauer, Vienna, June 10th, 2013 First of all I...

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Entry in sex work

Entry in sex work

In collecting data about sex work it is quite common to ask the workers why they have decided to become a sex worker. In every answer to this question, money is a common denominator. [i] All authors agree that a financial incentive plays a major part in the decision...

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Labour Relations in Sex Work

Labour Relations in Sex Work

In countries like ours we have labour laws, there are rules and we have ideas about what is a good employer. This is the result of more than a century of political activity, of trade unions and a lot of court cases. But that is not the case in prostitution. In the...

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Registration in the Netherlands

Registration in the Netherlands

One of the big issues of debate now in the Netherlands is the registration of sex workers. The aim would be prevention of trafficking. In the past there have been attempts to register prostitutes, for various reasons. Did registration ever attain its goal? The Romans...

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