Am I my brothel’s keeper?
Now I’ve had enough. This deputy mayor in Amsterdam has proposed some new rules for brothels, which I guess are legal over there.
Among other things, he says prostitution should be banned between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. because, and I quote, “Only the biggest creeps and boozers are walking around at those hours.”
The deputy mayor’s name is Lodewijk Asscher, which I’m not even going to make fun of because it’s too easy.
But here’s the thing, Mr. Asscher, if indeed that is your real name.
What’s magical about a 4 a.m. cut-off? Who the hell do you think is going to a brothel at say, 2 a.m. to pay strangers for sex? Atticus Finch?
And personally, I’m out at 7 a.m. every single day, walking around, and I don’t see “creeps and boozers.” Of course, I’m not usually looking for a brothel then, and maybe Mr. Asscher is only familiar with people who are.
Lastly, it’s entirely possible that some dudes go to a brothel at 7 a.m. because they enjoy messing around in a tawdry setting while watching early morning TV infomercials about cheap gadgets that make lunch meat. Would you call THEM creeps?
I trust I’ve made my point.
Right: A prostitute poses in the a doorway on the Achterdam, one of the oldest streets in Alkmaar, a town north of Amsterdam, in a 2001 file photo. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker
Left: Banana Bar dancers pose with a visitor during the open day of Amsterdam’s red light district in a 2007 file photo. Organizers staged the open day to counter bad publicity surrounding the 800-year-old district after harrowing reports of forced prostitution, human trafficking and organized crime. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters