The PIC does not receive any subsidies and provides information about prostitution in the broadest sense of the word to anyone requiring this. People who have questions regarding prostitution can approach PIC (located in the middle of the Red Light District). People working at the PIC can probably answer all your questions. Or refer you to other relevant organizations or resources. Tourists, students, sex workers, and their customers – everyone is welcome.
PIC’s goal is to make it easier for people in general to talk openly about sex work and to foster respect for sex workers (a word that is preferred to prostitutes by many who are working in the industry).
So far, more than 300,000 people have visited PIC!
The idea behind PIC
Prostitution has existed for as long as humankind and will never disappear. It is one way in which many people earn money. Everyone has their own opinion on the subject. These personal opinions should be respected because they are connected with how a person views sexuality as a whole. At PIC, we see nothing wrong with sex work, provided that it is the free choice of the persons involved. Coerced sex or sex with someone who is incapable of making a free choice is always wrong.
The legalization of prostitution is a necessity. In a situation in which prostitution is legal, regulations can be enacted to make sex work safer. It is also easier for sex workers to demand their legal rights, good working conditions and to tackle problems such as human trafficking. In many countries, prostitution is illegal. This means that the men and women have reason to fear the authorities and are thus forced to work in very dangerous and unhygienic conditions. In these countries, sexworkers are regarded as criminals.
The fact that many people object to prostitution is due to religious moral views regarding sex and the fact that prostitution is often associated with human trafficking and drug addiction. Unfortunately, we hear too little from people who have few problems with working in the sex industry. This is due to many sex workers leading a double life and wanting to avoid being scorned by those around them.
Unfortunately, abuse and exploitation does exist in the sex industry. Just like in many other labour sectors and social spheres. That is why it is important to ensure laws and policies are set up that allow for sex workers to seek protection and other services when needed.
Most tourists who visit the Red Light District come from countries where prostitution is illegal. Tourists from within the Netherlands often come from areas in which prostitution is less openly present. We understand that many people walk through the Red Light District with wide eyes and many questions. There is no need to wonder, you can just pop in at the PIC for an answer.
PIC does not receive any subsidies and relies on its own income in order to survive. For this reason, we tell visitors about our “donation pot” after answering their questions. We appreciate all support.
Mural painting in PIC
Mariska’s father, Jaap Majoor, painted the mural in PIC as well as various other paintings and drawings of window prostitutes.