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I find it somewhat amusing that people of other countries (read America) try to lay claim to the moral "high ground." I live in Amsterdam - I'm an American citizen and I much prefer Amsterdam to anywhere in the US, period. Are there problems with legalised prostitution in The Netherlands? Possibly. Although Mr. Asscher doesn't cite any specific examples where a woman was forced into prostitution here in Amsterdam. Most people assume that a woman simply wouldn't choose to become a prostitute and therefore the women who do do so because they are forced to. I have known many woman who have worked as a prostitute and they all did it because they made very good money and they actually enjoyed it. That isn't to say that the occupation is without problems. But the Dutch don't accept that criminalisation and a prison cell is the solution to every problem like the US does. It would be a great service to Europe, and indeed the rest of the world, if America would simply f*** off.
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