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How much money does an Amsterdam prostitute make?

It is the first question a lady answers in her window when someone knocks: How much? Time to find out how much money prostitutes make at the end of the day, week or month and if it really as much as some people think.

How much does a window cost and how many customers does a lady need to break even on a given night?

As Ronald enters the shop I am already finishing off the double shot latte he orders every day around 8. ‘Goeiemorrege’ is what he says arbitrary while he also waves at one of the arriving ladies across the street. She’s already wearing a skirt so short you and anyone else can see her cheeks from any distance.

A minimum of €50 euro’s x 10 customers on an below average day. Minus €100 euro’s and average room costs. At least 5 x a week. And remember, the €50 price goes up fast for the kinky stuff! Don’t forget, these ladies know how to negotiate.

Infographic with some standard prices and what increases a price of an Amsterdam prostitute, it answers the question on how much money prostitutes make


‘I just found €12,50 in change while cleaning’, he shows me proudly. I smile and serve him his coffee with an extra sugar and extra cookie.

‘Those girls just throw this in the corners of the rooms for luck you know, I find this amount almost every day. For them money is worth a lot less than for you and me. Some make really good money.’

Do prostitutes get paid by the visit?

‘More like paid by the minute! How much do you think a prostitute costs? Oral or plain sex is €50. That’s where it starts. We’re not even talking about extra´s or the weird stuff. That costs more.’

‘After a guy finishes, he’s really finished and told to leave right away. No money back even if the ‘main event’ occurs after 2 minutes or not at all. And the average prostitute asks at least €50 euro’s a visit. But often way more. So on average more like €150 I would guess. We all know how many men go behind Dana’s curtains. Do the math.’

One of the Red Light District windows I look out onto. I see every day how much money prostitutes make in this street.

How much money prostitutes make a week

‘€100 euro’s per average customer x 10 customers on a medium average day. that is 1000 euro’s a day! Catching’, while he makes the move honking truckers make. ‘Minus the €100 euro’s an average room costs (€85 during the day, €115 at night). Do that 5 days a week. that is at least 4500 euro’s a week! I bet it is more than you and I make together in a week.’

‘It is a game for them eh, they make men ‘fall in love’ so they can pull as much money out as they can. To make sure they come back and to make sure they spend as little time inside that room as possible. No refunds. It isn’t called ‘pezen‘ for nothing.’

Dana walks in and asks me how I am. Because her door and window are in my scope all day, I know she must be doing well. I counted 20 customers on a Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 18.00 p.m. once. Her curtains are usually closed 95% of her work shift. She only works during the day and goes on holiday every 2 months.

My empty tip jar answers her question on how my day is going.

Before I get the chance to ask her how her day is, she quickly puts a €20 euro bill on the counter and runs out. ‘Will you come and bring it when it’s ready?’ She glances over at the guy waiting on her doorstep. ‘5 minutes!’ she yells. ‘And keep the change!’

One of the ladies paying for coffee; how much money prostitutes make is something I witness every day. Here one lady spends her money and leaves a huge tip.


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  • Amber

    September 25, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Nice blog but your guesswork is a bit off although for this particular lady they might be true, she is an exception.

    See this research.

    Most sexworkers (about 75 percent) earn less than 500 euro per week/2000 per month (after taxes). On average they work 27 hours per week and started at age 28 with the work. Behind the windows the sexworkers start younger (25) and work a lot more (40 hours on average) than other groups with an average of 70 euro per hour. Often their permit is for 3 months and they have to leave for a while before coming back (not ‘vacation’).

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      October 1, 2018 at 1:21 am

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      All I see or hear are the women who work around the location of my shop and what they tell me. Also the cleaning personnel, the direct neighbors and the security men. Those are my sources and used for my stories. So no ‘guesswork’ here. I can assure you.

      There are noumrous groups in society who want the RLD closed for countless reasons. This wouldn’t be the first ‘independent reseach’ done in the Netherlands by WODC Veiligheid & Justitie which turns out to be corrupt or eventually paid for so results are the way they want them to be.

      I am a journalist by education. So I will ask around about this definitaly. Thank you!

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