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Window shopping | by **Anik Messier**
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Window shopping

The “payroom”, as I like to call it. Normally, we see a pretty girl wearing only dental floss standing there (not my reflection in the window)… ;-)


One of the passers-by, while I was trying to take that shot, told his friend in my back: “She smoked too much weed this one… There’s no one in there!”


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Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands since 1830. Until 1980 there was a law (dating from 1911), forbidding taking profit from prostitution. This was the law against people exploiting working girls. In practice the law has been rarely applied and prostitutes were actually not protected. In 1988, prostitution has been recognized as a legal profession. The new law introduced in October 2000 clearly makes prostitution legal, subjecting it to the municipal regulations about the location, organization and the practice of business. The authorities try to regulate prostitution, aiming at protecting minors, eliminating forced prostitution and combating the new phenomena of human trafficking. Any sex business must obtain from a municipality a license, certifying that it has fulfilled the legal requirements to operate.


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Taken on May 2, 2008