Dodezielen said, in reply to this post:
“If they’re free to pick a different job, I wonder why I so often see creepy men in fancy cars driving past to check up on the women ‘on display’.
Living next to a street with regulated prostitution, I hear people joke all the time; probably so they don’t have to give the matter any actual thought.“
But goodness gracious me, how do you deal with living there? I only pass a ‘tippelzone’ when I travel to my uni and it makes me so uncomfortable (and I only have to go to my university once a month). You must also get a lot of jokes from people about ‘how handy’ you’re located. :/
For non-Dutch people: a tippelzone is a particular street or outside area that has been appointed by the city or government to be legal for prostitution. Men can drive their car through the street and pick a woman, then that woman gets in the car and they drive to wherever to do whatever. Outside prostitution in other streets/areas is illegal.
The Tour de France passed through the city in which my uni is located. Normally the tippelzone has one regular, white street sign that says ‘tippelzone starts here’. Now they put up an extra, bright yellow street sign with ‘TIPPELZONE OVER THERE’ on the main road (to alert all the bicycle-tourists, I think). What.
So, today I decided to google the tippelzone, and I found an English website for sex tourism to the Netherlands, explaining all red light areas, tippelzones, brothels etc. The one I pass monthly was on it as well. It was described as a very humane area: there is a small reception room nearby where prostitutes can get coffee and even orange juice! And they can ask a person questions there about ‘condoms or things like motherhood’! And they get decent pay, the catalogue says: ‘blowjob + fucking (incl. condom) = 35 euros’! Wow! Privileged!
Now let’s get to business. I pass this area on my way to uni. Everyone should get a chance at uni. Will these people ever get a chance at uni?
A regular BSc + MSc = 180 + 60 EC = 240 ECs. 240 x minimum legal price for an EC = +/- 15.5K. Add half a K for travel expenses, maybe some extra books, a certain computer program. To get your MSc at my uni = +/- 16K.
These women get on average 35 euros for every “blowjob + fucking (incl. condom)” they give. This means that they would have to give 457 blowjobs and would have to have sex 457 times to ever reach my uni.
That’s 914 sexual acts performed, to go to uni. Living expenses like a roof and food and health care excluded. Just to get a diploma.
Endure 914 sexual acts.
On the streets and in cars. In a very ‘humane’ situation.
For a MSc.
But fortunately it’s a humane area and everyone in this country gets a chance at humane treatment and a bright future and dreams are made of sparkles and if you follow the rainbow there will be cake. :)